WHAT IMAGE DO YOU HOLD?

Sunday: March 1, 2020

Reference: Genesis 2:7-9,3:1-7

Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

What the serpent did was a sleek move that is still employed by many people today, painting a different picture about a person than that which is already known. This is done with the intention of sowing seeds of distrust because from the very moment even an ounce of doubt creeps into our mind about the character or nature of someone, our relationship with them takes a big hit because we step back.

That is what happens with Adam and Eve following their interactions with the serpent. They received a distorted image of God who was presented as a God who takes instead of one who gives. As a God who limits, instead of one who opens up opportunities and finally, as a God who cherished obedience to his law than the joy of His children.

It is this distorted image of God that was the root of their decision to go against what He had told them. So the question is ‘from whose mouth do you hear your truth?’ This applies not just in our relationship with God, but with others and it is a question that demands our conscious attempt to answer. Why? Because the origins of that truth will influence the kind of image we form of the person about whom that truth is spoken.

Will that be their real nature or one born out of distortion? That is for us to figure out but in truth, a distorted image of anyone isn’t one we want to hold up.

#sly

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