A marriage that’s damaged through infidelity. A public figure who betrays the trust of those they lead. A pastor caught in sexual or financial indiscretions. Is restoration possible? What does restoration look like? What does it take to be restored?
Some people are hyper-religious and super-spiritual – and obnoxious. If that’s what “intimacy with God” produces, who wants it? Others have experienced such intimacy with God that they are changed forever, and you just want to be around them. You can sense that “they have been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13) Isn’t that what you want? How can you find intimacy with God?
Every marriage experiences mess-ups. It’s easy to get caught up in shame, blame, and misery. But taking the necessary steps after a mess-up has the potential to make your marriage stronger. What you’re working toward is really creating a new marriage.
What would it mean to be like Jesus? That is what He promised, after all. That’s the point. The whole goal of our existence on earth, the purpose of all God has done and is doing, is to restore you and me to the way He originally created us to be.