Doing What’s Right…is Hard

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Genesis 3:1-6 (NIV)
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
4“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6When 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.

Reflect

  Sinning. It’s something we all do, like it or not. The thing about sinning is it’s often easier than choosing to do the right thing.

  Consider this: If you were given a choice, choose right or wrong, which do you think you would do? You would probably choose the right path. The problem is, life isn’t that clear. Not everything is black and white.

  Every person, at their core, desires to do the right thing. However, there are many factors that distort our outlook on life. Maybe you’ve got a friend who just loves to gossip, so you go along with it. Or maybe your older sister lies to your parents all the time, so you think it must be okay for you to do it, too. This was what the snake did to Adam and Eve.

Respond

  Next time you’re faced with a situation you’re unsure about, pray for council, a gift of the Holy Spirit that helps you discern right from wrong. It will help you to choose the right path, instead of just the easy one.

The author is a middle school student from Indianapolis, Indiana.

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