“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,“
The word dysfunctional is often used to define individuals, families, relationships, organizations, and even governments. While functional means it’s in proper working order, dysfunctional is the opposite—it’s broken, not working properly, unable to do what it was created to do.
In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul begins by explaining a spiritually dysfunctional humanity (1:18–32). We are all a member of that rebellious company: “All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. . . . For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (3:12, 23).
The great news is that “all are justified freely by [God’s] grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus . . . to be received by faith” (vv. 24–25). When we welcome Christ into our lives and accept God’s offer of forgiveness and new life, we are on the path to becoming the person He designed us to be. We don’t instantly become perfect, but we no longer have to continue being broken and dysfunctional.
Through the Holy Spirit, we gain daily strength to honor God in what we say and do and to “put off [our] old self . . . to be made new in the attitude of [our] minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:22–24).