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Sin - Forward - March 15, 2018

Sin

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Today's passage: Genesis 3:1-24

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:6-7

Reflect

Is anything blocking my relationship with the Lord (are there sins I need to confess)?

What are the temptations in my life that lure me into sin?

What concrete steps can I take to excise those temptations from my life?

We are so familiar with this age-old story that we tend to glaze over it when we read it again. Yet when we look closely at how the fruit is described--as "good," "pleasing to the eye," and "desirable"--we realize that those descriptors could fit any number of our own temptations that lead us to sin. Like Eve, we often don't think much about the temptation in the moment--we are simply lured by its attractiveness and react to it instinctively, unable to see beyond its enticements. It's only after we fall prey to the temptation that, like Adam and Eve, our "eyes are opened," and we realize the gravity of our sin and how it has distanced us, once again, from God.

Respond

Ask for change: Lord, help me face my temptations head-on and admit what they are to You now, so that I can begin the process of returning to You.

Consider what's real: As Romans 8:1-2 says, "There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death" (NLT). Identifying our temptations and confessing our sins are the first steps toward forging a genuine, reciprocal relationship with God. While we will always sin, God's grace allows us to live free from the power of sin.

Additional verses to consider: Psalm 51:1-12

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