January 7
Genesis 3:14-21


Sin had entered the heart of man, and God had to deal with it. God said to the serpent, “From now on you will crawl on your belly and eat dust for as long as you live.”

Then God said to the woman, “You will have trouble and pain when you give birth.”

To Adam, He said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate of the fruit, the ground will be cursed. You will have to work hard every day to get enough food, and weeds will come up from the ground.”

Then God made proper clothes for Adam and Eve out of animal skins and sent them out of the garden.

Can God take away the trouble caused by sin?

Once we have sinned, some things change and will never be the same as they were before we sinned.

If you have said something nasty about a friend, that friend may not want to visit anymore even though you said sorry. Breaking the rules in a game could get the whole team disqualified. Disobeying a safety rule could cause you to get hurt. The consequences of your sin affect you, and others.

Although God forgives all your sin no matter what you have done, the problem and sadness that sin brings cannot simply be wiped away. Even so, God who is kind and loving will also help you as He helped Adam and Eve when He made clothes for them after they sinned.

Verse for today

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9