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Adam & Eden

The issue of sin and death is a very delicate one. The message on sin has encountered so much controversy. There is so much that clouds the real intent and the divine motive for abstaining from sin. Not sinning because you don’t want to go to hell is just like being in a hostage situation and complying. The whole thing looks like there’s a threat you want to avoid,  hence the compliance. The children of light must dwell in light no matter what happens,  that is the life after salvation. 

John said in his epistle,  “I write unto you that no man sin,  but if any sin,  let him know that we have an advocate… Jesus Christ”. The reason for the statement is that,  you should not be a christian with bucket lists featuring sins of different breeds,  instead,  you should make a habit of living in light,  so that if at one time you fall short,  do not think of yourself as prodigal, needing to leave home,  but as loved,  needing an embrace. Not an endorsement for sin in any way. 

Like it or not, many leave the church body daily because they sinned and felt unworthy of the light anymore so decided to take strolls through life. 

When Adam sinned against God, God walked into the garden and questioned him. Adam did not speak with regret. He said, “I am naked!” The proclamation of who he now believed he already was, was a dangerous step he took. Why? The scenerio is just like an adopted son having to find out the Truth about himself will going through something and decides to leave the home he’s been always because he feels he has knowledge of who he actually is. 

The truth is that,  with this our eye Adam was naked,  but before we had this kind of eye that detected nakedness,  God didn’t want us to know about our nakedness. Now we are all adopted into being sons of God,  Paul said. And God wants us to forget what we were so he blinds our eyes with heavenly realities so that we do not find out that we were once on drugs,  in sexual sin, liars and all that. Unfortunately, the devil brings the thoughts back. The thoughts defeat us more than our acts because as a man thinketh in his heart,  so is he. 

But God, knowing that Adam knew he was naked, expected that Adam will be sorry for his actions but Adam blamed his wife,  his wife blamed the snake. And when God spoke about sending them out of the garden, Adam named his wife Eve. That’s to say, he was more concerned about his weakness and didn’t bother to lose the presence of God. 

Most Christians leave the Church because we feel we know who we are and can’t force ourselves to be Christians. We are “naked” and that’s all we can be,  that is how we think and then we leave the Church. But allow me to show you why leaving the church is not the best. 

Genesis  3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
God made coats of skins and clothed them. Adam was using leaves to cover himself and his wife,  but how much covering could leaves cover? God knows that we want to cover our shame, we couldn’t, so he put a new skin on us, so that we won’t find the old skin. We won’t blame ourselves anymore. Adam still did not see the love of God enough to beg for forgiveness. Most times,  we sin and God continues to bless us,  we don’t realise God’s goodness so we plead for his mercy but we walk away from his presence chest out. 

Genesis  3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
This is what we miss when we decide to walk out of the presence of God. We lose the opportunity to eat of the tree of life and live forever. Jesus is the tree of life. Asking for forgiveness is pleading to dwell in the presence,  to stay in the fellowship. The longer you stay there,  there will be a word you’ll hear that will repair you forever! 

Don’t leave the Church! Don’t denounce your Faith in God! Press on unto the mark of the higher calling. Eternal life is available for those who have eaten from the tree of life. Don’t nullify the effects of the tree by walking out of the Faith. Stand Firm. You’ll make it to heaven without even trying. 

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When It Becomes Unconditional… 

From the old days, I have heard Romeo and Juliet being used ultimately to represent love in practicality. The truth from my end is; I have not us much studied their story as I have studied that of Christ from the scriptures, and I beg to differ but I didn’t see any resemblance among the two. 

Personally, I have been through different shades,  forms, levels, faces and times of love. One thing is true,  the more you go through love the more you either love more or love less. It depends entirely on how you examine the issue. 

The Bible clearly defines,  “God is love”. This pressupposes that Love must definitely be God. There are different stages of love that we go through but truth is, we have not really seen love unless we see it look exactly like God. 

Why? Naturally, Love must be unconditional! Why do I say that? The answer is,  because God is definitely unconditional. If God is love,  then love must have qualities that make it look God. God is God,  whether He is worshipped or not,  whether he is respected or not,  insulted or not,  despised or not, wanted or not, whatever you do to God doesn’t change His personality as God. So the same must apply to love. 

So God loved us and gave His Only Son. Great! Isn’t it? Now let’s analyse God’s actions. God so love the world; which means that God loved the place where sin abound even though in His nature He knows no sin and sin cannot dwell in His presence. So God loved something that was not in the shape he was compatible with.

Because God so loved the world,  He gave His only son. So God also decided to be the one to help the brides situation with His own resources. He wanted that bride so bad,  He couldn’t choose another. He had to make the bride suite His nature. 

He sent His Son to come and die. In other words, God gave something He didn’t expect the bride to cherish or protect. He understood the ignorant state of the bride for Love’s sake. 

Since God knows the end from the beginning,  I suppose He also knew that not everyone will accept his Son,  and not all who accepted will keep him till the end. God knew, but He didn’t blink anyway, He sent the son. From looking at the way as Christians, we still sin freely, I realize something about God,  that He is Love in practicality.

When it comes to human beings,  we see a different mode of operation. Men are afraid to love each other,  too careful not to be hurt by anybody and too careful not to be rejected. We don’t see that in God. God knew the consequences first-hand,  but He still went in anyway. 

When people begin to offend us,  when they repeat their offences, we grow impatient and indifferent, more of self-righteousness. We tend to make them pay for their offences even when they apologize. We hide behind the fact that they keep doing what they’re doing. Have you considered the things God doesn’t like that you do,  and the fact that you keep on doing and regreting and still doing it anyway? 

The thin line is this; until a man can become very selflessly loving, He cannot be like God. God is selfless whenever He’s loving the world. The bible declares that we love Him because He first loved us. How did we know He loved us?  Because He made clear His feelings. I’ve met people who don’t care about others,  when you ask them, they go like,  “he also doesn’t care about me” or “she hasn’t also smiled to me before”. We want the “others” to take the initiative of loving.

If you keep your eyes on the effect of Jesus on your life,  it won’t be difficult to be an unconditional lover. Why? Because though Christ loved you,  died for you,  and intercedes for you every moment, he has never given up on you when you sin. Whenever you say sorry,  He forgives you. Have you thought of it before? 

Unforgiveness is a symptom of Conditional love,  which is no love at all. Because there’s no such thing as Conditional God. You love people without Conditions,  you decide to practice it with conditions but the fire that burns in you, burns no matter what. 

In Galatians 5:22-23, we understand that there is no law against love. Things means that you can fall love anyone and everyone Just like God who so loved the world. But you must be willing to give your only begotten son. That is your investment. 

One last thing! When God gave His only begotten son,  he was conscious of the fact that not everyone will believe in His son. Sometimes,  you are afraid to love because you feel they might not feel the same about you. You must love anyway,  because when they don’t love,  they’ll perish and not you. 

God loves without boundaries. I believe that most of the things we enjoy in the Church now,  and there are a lot of other Church folks criticizing those things, the reason that is still happening is because God is loving without constraints. 

All men have not Faith. Faith is when your love is acting. Not all men can act the script their love have written because of the mindsets they possess. Love them anyway. Love men,  love them in all things.