As I travel the world and look at the youth I minister to daily, I can’t but help but think on how God has blessed us with creativity. Creativity is part of the image of God given to human beings, and sadly, we have put our creativity to use to destroy as much of the rest of God’s image in us as possible. That’s what our passage today in Romans is talking about.
God has always been there for us, He blesses us in so many ways. Yet we want his blessing but don’t want Him. We would rather choose evil. Our constant pursuit of sin turns us away from God. We want to pursue bad things, and if we want to pursue good, we want to do it our evil way or for our agenda.
Today as I read the opening chapter of Romans, I see an angry Paul. He is angry about all the evil that people have done in the world. Then in chapter 2 he has a moment of clear thought. Every person has had some part in creating some kind of sin that has been brought into the world, and if any of us think we can judge another, we are condemning ourselves. But God has been merciful to forgive us and show us a better way. And since God has been kind to us, we can and must spread that kindness to everyone else by creating more good than evil.
They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil. — Romans 1:29-31.
Yahweh, please constantly remind me that I should be a creator of good instead of evil. Father help me to always believe that your way is better than my old evil way. God, show me your kindness, forbearance, and patience, as I battle through this sinful life. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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