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Oct 09

BECOMING EVE: Part 9

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This year I have been sharing the lessons I learned during the writing of my study of the character and circumstances of the first woman God created. Here are two more lessons to ponder.

I Can Create Life

The meaning of the name Eve means “life.” Although God formed Adam and Eve, it was through Eve that all human beings were created.

As women, we were made biologically to create life. Some of us—by choice or by God’s will—do not have children of our own. But God nonetheless gave womankind a heart for children. Most children’s writers are women. Most teachers are women. We want to help nurture the children in our lives.

God has also given us an ability to nurture His other grown-up children by sharing Jesus with them and by encouraging their spiritual lives. We can participate in God’s plan of creating new life in other people.

In what ways do you help create life in other people’s circumstances?

I Can Persuade Others

Adam knew he was not supposed to eat the forbidden fruit. But then Eve took some of the fruit and ate it. Then

She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it (Genesis 3:6).

Eve didn’t have to say a word to Adam. But by her example and her actions she persuaded Adam to sin.

Sometimes we try to persuade people. We argue. We reason. We even plead or whine. Other times we simply act and by our actions, others are persuaded to follow our example, either good or bad.

Jesus told His disciples to share the Gospel with others. We too have that responsibility. We cannot make anyone believe; but by our words, the evidence in our lives—our testimony—we can persuade others to look more closely at what Jesus offers them.

Our testimony is more powerful, more meaningful, more persuasive, if it is accompanied by an example of a life lived for God.

Do you live what you say you believe? Which is more persuasive to you—what someone says or what they do?

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These two lessons are part of my 28-day meditative Bible study about the character and circumstances of Eve—the first woman God created. It is part of the With Faith Like Hers Bible study series. If you would like to look at Eve in more depth, I hope you will check out the study I am Eve, available at Amazon.com.

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