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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Choice to Love

Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east,
and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil...The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:8-9, 15-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Our free will has always been very important to God. Right from Creation, we don't see a controlling Father, but rather a God that establishes the right for people to make decisions and choices. God could have easily decided not to put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden. He could have controlled the situation in a way that Adam and Eve would never have had to encounter a choice to fear Him and obey His instructions. But Love does not control. Love respects boundaries and a person's free will. 

God doesn't necessarily remove temptation from our eyes. If He did, our worship would no longer be because of choice, but rather because God is controlling it. God is always looking for the heart that will decide for themselves whom they will worship, love, and follow.  

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