(Genesis 3.6-13) When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
(Genesis 3.16-19) To the woman God said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
HOW OUR FEARS RUIN RELATIONSHIPS
- The fear of exposure creates distance.
(Genesis 3:9-10) But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
(Genesis 3.7-8 NLT) At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves…
So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.
- The fear of disapproval leads to defensiveness.
(Genesis 3.11-12) [God asked] “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
(Genesis 3:13) “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
- The fear of losing control leads to domination.
(Genesis 3.16) “Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
àThe antidote to living in fear is living in God’s love.
(1 John 4:18 NCV) Wherever God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear…
LIVING IN GOD’S LOVE
- Everyday remember the way God loves me.
- I’m completely accepted.
(Romans 15:7) Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
- I’m unconditionally loved.
(Isaiah 54:10) Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
- I’m completely forgiven.
(Romans 8:1) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…
- I’m considered extremely valuable.
(1 Corinthians 7:23) You were bought at a price…
- Everyday offer that same love to others.
(Romans 15:7) Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you…
(1 Corinthians 13:7) Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.