“So I have learned this rule: When I want to do good, evil is there with me. In my mind, I am happy with God’s law. But I see another law working in my body, which makes war against the law that my mind accepts. That other law working in my body is the law of sin, and it makes me its prisoner. What a miserable man I am! Who will save me from this body that brings me death?”
Pastor Dave read aloud from the seventh chapter of Romans to the group assembled around his dining table. He looked up to see if they were still listening. Every head was bowed, their eyes focused on the words of the page before them.
“This is about me,” Ainsling said to Li.
“This is what we were,” Pastor Dave remarked. “Miserable. Prisoners to sin. Heading for death.”
“This is depressing,” said a girl beside Li, frowning.
“It would be if we stopped there. It’s true; no one is perfect. But we long to be. We compare ourselves to each other, hoping we’ll be better than someone else. But we can never be what we should be. In spiritual terms, this is called the infinite gap.”
“Didn’t you say there was good news?” Li asked.
“Yes! God knows what we are. He sees the gap. And he desperately loves us, so he made a way to fill the gap and free us from sin. We can be free from the guilt that weighs us down. He rescued us.”
“Like the Guardian?”