• Steven Marsh

In The Mess: a Reflection on Psalm 18:1-20, Genesis 27:30-45, Romans 12:9-21 and John 8:21-32

I am ecstatic, along with the psalmist that God reaches down into “mess.” In my mess, God reaches down and takes me out of it. He delivers me, because God takes great delight in me. And the same is true for you. God wants to reach you in your mess. Yes, Esau lost his rightful blessing through Jacob’s deceit; God’s ordained deceit by Jacob. Even in that mess, God reached down to Esau. It is in the mess of human life that we see what true faithfulness by those who name the name of Jesus looks like. Followers of Jesus, our love is genuine. We are to hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good, love one another with mutual affection, outdo one another in showing honor, not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord, rejoice in hope, persevere in prayer, contribute to the needs of the saints, extend hospitality to strangers, bless those who persecute us, rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Followers of Jesus, we are to live in harmony with one another, not be haughty, associate with the lowly, not to repay evil with evil, live peaceably with all, never avenge ourselves, feed our enemies, give drink to the thirsty and overcome evil with good. Human will die in his sins, if he does not believe in Jesus. There is the plumb line for salvation. The plumb line is not correct doctrine; it is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If one knows Jesus then the behaviors cited previously will be evident. I yearn to see these behaviors more evident in my life and amongst other followers of Jesus. I have a lot of reframing to do. So do many.

Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.

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