Sin is Attractive

Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Genesis 3:6-7 HCSB

You never see a large man with acne advertising coke or a sports car. Nor do you see a lady without makeup and long, unkept hair advertising perfume or the latest fashions. Companies make it a practice to select someone who is physically attractive to sell their products. Satan always makes his product (sin) look attractive. Not only is Satan the master of lies, he is the master of deception. He will make you believe something is really wonderful but when you take hold of it, it is like cotton candy and the quick pleasure of it vanishes quickly, often to be replaced by pain and suffering.

The first mistake that Adam and Eve made was going to the tree in the middle of the garden. The best way to avoid sin is to avoid the temptation. When they looked on the tree they were tempted to eat of the fruit. Too many times people put themselves in tempting situations. If Adam and Eve had only avoided the situation completely, they would have never been tempted. Even though Eve was the first to take the fruit and eat it, note that Adam was with her and did not try to stop her. Then he took the fruit and ate it. He was just as guilty as Eve for disobeying God’s instructions.

Challenge: Eve looked, took, ate, and gave. This seems to be the progression of sin. We first look, then we consider the sin, then we participate in the sin, then we give it away or try to get others involved in sinful behavior so we feel better about our sin. Avoid putting yourself in situations where you will be tempted. Ask God to give you the strength needed to resist the allure of sin.

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