By Pam Horton
Yes, we all know… the blame for all of our troubles can be placed squarely on Eve’s shoulders. She became enticed by satan’s lies and ate the fruit. Then she shared it with Adam, and BAM! Original sin entered the picture (Genesis 3:4-7).
Hold on, wait just a minute… Where is free will in this story?
You see, giving in to temptation is a choice. Adam didn’t have to eat the fruit Eve gave him. He chose to. Eve didn’t have to believe that ol’ liar, the serpent. She chose to.
Now, given God’s omniscience, He knew what would happen. God knew people would sin and turn against Him. He knows satan’s temptations today still seem too great to walk away from. That is why God already had a plan to save us from ourselves (see John 3:16). John the Baptist declared Jesus was that plan when he exclaimed, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
If Christ has taken away the sins of the world, Christians have been forgiven of our sins.
And yet… we continue to need that forgiveness, because of our sinful nature. Which brings us back to free will. Temptation will try to get us every time. Peter told the people to “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
As believers, we have the Holy Spirit within us as our guide to help us discern right from wrong and help us resist temptation. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, Paul tells us, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
It may be a difficult choice, but it is a matter of choice to give in to temptation and sin, or to stand strong in our faith and resist.
Out of curiosity, I did a quick search in the New King James version of the Bible. The word “sin” is mentioned 408 times, while “grace” is mentioned 141, “love” 337, and “but God” 45 times. Clearly, sin is a significant topic. However, if you look at “but God’s love and grace...” it outweighs sin’s 408 mentions with a total of 523.
May we grab hold of all God has for us and, through Him, defeat sin. ❤️
Pam Horton grew up believing in Jesus. As a teenager and young adult, she turned away from her faith for a few years. Once she came back around to understand that it’s not about religion, but a relationship, she began a never-ending quest to grow closer to God. Through this process, she has learned to stress less and choose joy. Pam has published seven nonfiction books that are available through Amazon. She has also written articles for the Military Counseling Initiative and Youth Worker, as well as being featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. Pam and her husband, Jim, own NewDirection Life Coaching, where they encourage others to move positively forward.