you shall surely die.
Whether your married, divorced or single -- if you
have children you know their safety is of utmost importance!
When that child begins to grow, we begin to realize there is a new need for a "safety-system" to protect that child.
We teach our children about the things in our home and in
this world that can hurt them. Can you remember the first time you as a parent or guardian sternly said, "NO!"
COMPASSIONATE OR CRUEL
So do we tell our child "No! Don't touch the red hot stove-top that's in the middle of the kitchen?" Our kitchen was the best gathering place in our home for meals, games at the kitchen table and friends!
Still, it is also a place where "danger" exists!
LEARNING RIGHT FROM WRONG
What happens when our children do not listen to the "safety-systems" we formulate for them? If a child has a curiosity
or a stubborn streak, he or she may wind up getting seriously hurt or in some sort of trouble.
1. My firstborn son went to grab a cookie from his favorite cookie jar -- it was a cow that "mooed" when you opened the lid. Unfortunately, he dropped the jar and all the cookies onto the floor. I scolded him not because he took a cookie but, he might have been hurt by the broken ceramic cookie jar.
2. My second-born son, on the other hand, loved to watch me
cook and bake. (He loves to cook to this very day) I would tell him to "stay back" because it was "hot!" But at his age, he could not grasp what hot meant.
So, I watched him from a small distance where he couldn't see me each time he toddled into the kitchen. Unsurprisingly, he dragged the step stool over and decided to cook up something on the stove. I caught him immediately and told him "No! It's hot!" There was that quizzical look in his eye and I knew he
This was a dangerous situation that he just couldn't grasp or understand -- so I turned the burner on and held his little hand just high enough over it so he could feel the heat. Again, I said, "It gets hot and you will get hurt!"
From that day forward he NEVER tried to cook again, he just watched me.
With cautionary guidance, our children will hopefully
learn that obedience is not just a parents way of spoiling their
fun... it is a protective barrier to keep them above all things
"LOVED AND SAFE!"
SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GARDEN
So, there it is, "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil!"
We must always be cautious about establishing for ourselves the right to choose what is good and what is evil.
God placed the "Tree of Knowledge" in the Garden of Eden for His reasons. Disobedience gave cause for both "evil and death" to enter the world we now live in.
This is exactly WHY bad things happen and WHY we all will face death one day! The most important question is where will you go when you die?
BEWARE AND BE WARNED
Some may call it Christian freedom or liberty. However, in the end, it may find us caught up in licentiousness which leads
back to bondage to the desires of the flesh.
The danger lies in the law of unforeseen consequences. We do not see the full implications of things that may seem harmless on the surface.
Genuine Christian liberty does not lead to the freedom to indulge our desires, but rather to the liberating, life-giving ability to choose that which is ultimately and completely good in the sight of God.
When we fully love God, then the desires of our heart will align with the desires of God's heart. This will produce in us genuine righteousness, peace, and joy in the wondrous
fullness of the Holy Spirit.
The exact reason we teach our children the "dangers" that are all around us! Our "love for them" compels us to instill knowledge into their lives and keep them from harm!
SHARING AND CARING
The kingdom of God is not found in either the indulgence or the lack of indulgence in the things of the flesh. It is rather found in desiring first and foremost to manifest the love of God to
every person in the sphere of our influence.
The relationship to the things in this life are controlled by that love for others and the impact that our actions have on the ability of others to discover the love that God has for them.
Runaway from the bondage of the flesh, and experience the joy of being restored to loving fellowship with God and the freedom of life that comes from that restored relationship.
Loving submission to God is the key that leads us to a life that manifests His love to a world desperate to know His love.
Allow God's wisdom to lead your life!