Posted by: Pauline | July 2, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday July 9

Romans 7:15-25a

Even people who think the idea of “sin” belongs to outdated religious ideas recognize that people sometimes find themselves doing things they don’t they shouldn’t do, that they want to stop doing. Anyone who has struggled with addiction knows the feeling of being trapped by one’s own destructive behavior. And 12-step programs teach that the first step for the addict is to recognize that one is powerless over the addiction.

But Paul doesn’t stop with being captive to the law of sin. With an exclamation of thanksgiving he points to the way of freedom from sin through Jesus Christ.

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Both in Jesus’ time and our own, people have often had their own ideas about how they expect Jesus to deliver them from their problems, and are unhappy when he does not meet their expectations. They may be tired of their burdens, but they do not want to take Jesus’ yoke upon them. They want freedom on their own terms, but Jesus only offers us freedom on his terms.

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