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Jun 05

BECOMING EVE: Part 5

John 3 16

Each month here at CarolPetersonAuthor.com we pause to think how our lives might be similar to the life of Eve—the first woman God created. Here are some thoughts to ponder today.

Adam and Eve committed the first (the original) sin by mankind, when they disobeyed God and ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Although God banished them from the Garden of Eden for that and did not allow them to eat from the Tree of Life, God still loved them, still provided for their needs and made good come from their disobedience—they gained knowledge of evil right then, when evil first came into the world. They also learned first hand that God had made that one rule for their ultimate good.

How can we relate those lessons to our lives in the modern world?

  • I Sin:

One of the beautiful aspects of Christianity is the realization that there is nothing we can do to earn our own salvation. We all sin and we all keep on sinning, no matter how much we don’t want to and no matter how hard we try. Fortunately, Jesus made a way for us to be forgiven—through Him.

How does the realization of mankind’s sinful nature and your personal sin, make you more grateful for God’s redemption through Jesus?

  • I Know God’s Judgment is Good:

God’s permissive will means He allows us to make mistakes. He then also allows consequences of those mistakes and sins to affect our lives. One of the greatest indications of God’s character however is how He is able to make good come from bad situations. Many times, we can later look on God’s judgment and see the good in it, even if it is difficult to live through at the time.

Think of a time when you clearly saw God’s goodness at work in a difficult situation—whether that situation was a judgment, a consequence or simply a difficult time. What can you learn from it?

  • I am Loved Despite My Sins:

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how God could love us in spite of our sinful nature and in spite of what we have done that grieves His Spirit.

Think of a time when you clearly felt God’s love, despite knowing that you were not worthy of it. How can you model that love to others?

  • God’s Rules are for My Good:

Children struggle with parental rules. God’s children struggle with His rules. But just as parents set rules for the good of their children, God also sets rules for our good.

Think of the Ten Commandments. Which do you struggle with? How might thinking about how they are for your own good help you follow them?

For the meditation questions posed earlier this year, go to the January, February, March and April posts of “Becoming Eve” on this website.

If you’d like to study more about the character and circumstances of Eve and how you might learn the lessons she has to teach, I would love for you to check out my Bible study devotional I am Eve. It is available in print or Kindle format at Amazon.com.

Amazon Eve

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