A book I'm reading states that the word sinner grew out of an archery term in the thirteenth century. In both Hebrew and Greek, sin means “to miss the mark,” and it is an archery term in both languages. Of course, this is a fiction book so believe what you will. Sounds like a good lesson to me.

In Genesis 4:7, we read,  "If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Sin is missing the mark. It is letting our guard down to the things the world says are important.  I think the scripture above tells us that if we do what is right, accepting Christ, we WILL be accepted, but if we refuse Christ's call, look out! And, we must stay on high alert through a close relationship with Jesus in our daily walk. The love of Jesus extends deep and wide following salvation.

As followers of Christ, we have hit the "bullseye" with God's grace gift of salvation, including the promise of eternal life. We submit to His love and grow in Hesed, based on obedience, and grow to understand agape, founded in unmerited grace. Agape love is the unconditional, self-sacrificial love of love Jesus, our example.

I have been creating an art piece. I love how God works within me and through me. He pulls my thoughts together with focus. This art piece is not finished, but I find it interesting that the shade variations created a bullseye pattern, and the words I was given to dwell on today started with an archery lesson.