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The Consequences of Sin | DAY THREE

SCRIPTURE READING

“The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.””

Genesis 2:15-17 CSB


“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:23 CSB
 


“Summoning the crowd, he told them, “Listen and understand: It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth — this defiles a person.” Then the disciples came up and told him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father didn’t plant will be uprooted. Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit.” Then Peter said, “Explain this parable to us.” “Do you still lack understanding?” he asked. “Don’t you realize that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is eliminated? But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a person. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slander. These are the things that defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile a person.””

Matthew 15:10-20 CSB
 


“The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable — who can understand it? I, the Lord, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.”Genesis 3:1-7 CSB

 Jeremiah 17:9-10 CSB
 

THINKING FURTHER

THOUGHTS:
Sin is a hard word to understand, but its consequences are very clear. When Adam and Eve believed the serpents’ lie, and disobeyed God, it brought a corruption into the world that affected everything; our world, our hearts, and even our own bodies. Oh how we need redemption!

PRAYER FOCUS:
Let us pray that we might understand our own sin the way that God does. And in so doing, turn to him for our salvation and as our greatest treasure. May we come to hate our sin, as we grow in our love for God.