On a recent blog (my memory fails me to which one) someone was talking about Eve and her temptation to eat the “apple” in the garden of Eden.
The author suggested that our temptations aren’t really that much different than Eve’s.
The Biblical account in Genesis, Chapter 3, Verses 1-3 goes like this:
Now 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’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but 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.’”
Anyone who knows me, knows that I could have stood in the Garden of Eden with fruit all around me and not have fallen. (I eat fruit but it’s not a “temptation.”)
But, put me in a garden filled with chocolate and we have a totally different story. Our temptations vary as individuals but we all have something that can break us down to the core and shake up our resolve.
We are quick to fault others who fail by saying “How could they do such and such a thing?” but we choose (as Joyce Meyer would say) to look at ourselves with rose tinted glasses.
But, we’re not fine. All of us are prone to angry, envy, deceit, lust, pride …
So, instead of continuing to kick another human being down into the mud, let’s extend our hand to lift him out, assuming we’re not in the same mud hole.