(Since we did today’s yesterday, we shall do yesterday’s today. Hmmm… No one caught it. Usually, someone does.)
The scripture for today, March 3, is Genesis 3:3 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
This is a conversation Eve is having with Satan in the Garden of Eden. She was a little put out by God that he would withhold even one item from her. So she misrepresented God. What God actually said was…
“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Eve had added to what God had said: “You must not touch it.”
Do we do that? When we get put out by someone, do we embellish a little and add a few little things to an event in order to make the other person look worse than s/he really is? Are we in the habit of making ourselves a victim so we can get other people’s sympathy and maybe get other people to act on our behalf? Or perhaps we do it to “brag” how great our adversity it over and above all others’ adversity, thus gaining admirers?
1st Corinthians 13:5 says love does not keep a record of wrongs. If you have a feud going with someone, try breaking the cycle. 1st Corinthians 13:7 says love protects, always trusts, always hopes. Had Satan convinced Eve to stop loving God?
It’s easy to do when God is made “the bad guy”. It’s easy to stop loving others if they are always the “bad guy”. What are we missing by not extending love even to those who are not nice to us? Who knows? Are we giving up paradise?