“When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6

Our garden has had a pretty good year. Susan so far has canned beets, tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. We have frozen blackberries; cayenne peppers are hanging up and drying. She has cooked snaps, squash and zucchini several times each week. Right now we are just waiting a few more days until our favorite comes in, silver queen corn.

I will have to admit, I have a bad habit, yes only one: Every year about midway through the gardening season, I get slack on my weeding. Oh, I don’t mind plowing, running rows, planting, fertilizing or harvesting, but I really don’t like weeding. To me a hoe and ninety degrees and 80% humidity just don’t go together. They aren’t what I would call “a match made in heaven.” Every year around this time, I allow a few weeds go untouched.

The problem with that is one weed always, always leads to more weeds. Weeds are like Lay’s potato chips, “You can’t have (eat) just one.” One weed will inevitably lead to another weed, and so on, and so on.

Weeds are one of the results of sin coming into the world. I think God uses them as a reminder, because they are a lot like sin. If you allow either to hang around, they will cut down on the blessings that you desire. If they aren’t dealt with, they will quickly take over. They both will push the good things out of your life, but also, if you allow them to hang around, they will multiply.

We see in Genesis that Eve has sinned. She has rebelled against God’s commands. God told them to eat anything from anywhere in the garden that they wanted, except from that one tree. She thought that her way was better than God’s ways and she disobeyed. Now we see that sin is going to spread through her marriage. Any time that we allow a little compromise into our lives, it will lead to more compromise, unless we turn it over to God. Once we get comfortable in one sin, it becomes easier to wallow in another sin. Sin can become a vicious cycle.

The good news is that Jesus offers each of us forgiveness.

He offers each of us the opportunity to have freedom from the bondage to sin. It is through His blood that was shed on the old rugged cross that our shortfalls, our mistakes, our sins can be made white as snow.

Let me encourage you to do a little self-examination. Are there any sins that you have not repented of? Is there anything in your life that is not pleasing to God? Allow Jesus to weed it out. Confess it and ask Christ to remove it from your life. Don’t allow it to hang around and multiply.

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