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Daily Devotions – Destroyed Relationships

 

 

Genesis 3:4-6,11-13 (NIV)

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 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.

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Deep, intimate relationships are rooted in our relationship with God. When Eve took a bite of the “forbidden fruit” she chose to believe the lie that God did not love her or have her best interests at heart. She decided she could take care of herself and “be like God”. That lie not only destroyed her relationship with God, but with her husband, Adam. When God confronts them, Adam (who had been standing right beside her the whole time) blames Eve. Eve blames the serpent. No one takes responsibility. Now relationships are disconnected and shame has entered into God’s good garden. We still live in that broken world, but we know we have salvation. As we seek to be reconciled we must first admit our own weakness and things that we are ashamed of. No relationship will ever grow if all you do is point out what is wrong with everyone else!

Genesis 3:4-6,11-13 (NIV)

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 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.

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Deep, intimate relationships are rooted in our relationship with God. When Eve took a bite of the “forbidden fruit” she chose to believe the lie that God did not love her or have her best interests at heart. She decided she could take care of herself and “be like God”. That lie not only destroyed her relationship with God, but with her husband, Adam. When God confronts them, Adam (who had been standing right beside her the whole time) blames Eve. Eve blames the serpent. No one takes responsibility. Now relationships are disconnected and shame has entered into God’s good garden. We still live in that broken world, but we know we have salvation. As we seek to be reconciled we must first admit our own weakness and things that we are ashamed of. No relationship will ever grow if all you do is point out what is wrong with everyone else!