“Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” (Genesis 3:11)
Sin is the deliberate act of the will whether by omission or commission in thoughts, words or deeds. Sin is always a rebellion against God and his laws. Sin prevents us from enjoying the fullness of life God ordained for us. Whatever we hope to gain from sin is nothing compared to what we lose. The forbidden fruit was a delight to the eyes, but as we can see, it is not all that glitters that is gold.
God was not lying when He told Adam and Eve that they would die if they ate from the forbidden tree. The only reward for sin is death. This is not to say that we would stop breathing, but the fact is that we are never the same again. Our love for God is lessened and we begin to look for a way to hide from God – we begin to prefer darkness to light.
The more we sin, the more we hide further and further away from God. It soon reaches a point that we even begin to question the existence of God. Indeed, prayers become more and more difficult because we no longer feel as though anyone is listening when we pray. Sin destroys our faith in God.
Hunger and suffering in our world today is a direct consequence of sin at the beginning. Nonetheless, in Jesus Christ, we come to realize that all hope is not yet lost. People came to spend time with Jesus and he could see they were hungry physically and he decided to feed them miraculously with just seven loaves and few fishes. Through the act of sharing, over four thousand able-bodied men not counting women and children were fed.
There is more joy in serving God with a clean heart than in compromising his decrees and commandments. Charity is a magical act, it not only multiplies the little you have, but it also covers a multitude of sin.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, I believe in you, heal me of my sickness be it physical or spiritual. Amen.
Bible Study: Genesis 3:9-24, Psalm 90, and Mark 8:1-10).