Innocence Once Lost

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The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17

Each of us have responsibilities, freedoms, and limitations that God gives us. If they are from Him, we can presume they are beneficial. The first man, Adam, was about to make this discovery. His responsibility was to tend the garden, his freedom was to eat from every tree, his limitation was not to eat from a particular tree- the one that could impart the knowledge of good and evil. Apparently, disobedience in this area would rob Adam of his innocence. And innocence once lost, can never be regained. There is a beauty and safety in innocence- ‘And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.’ How nice it would be to erase many experiences in life and be unashamed.

What responsibilities, freedoms and limitations has God put within my life? Do I realize they are for my own good?

God, as this day begins, let’s walk through it close to one another. I invite You to lead and guide and give me the words to build others up and the strength and wisdom to accomplish Your will today.

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