God has given us the freedom to choose good or evil. Just look with me at the beginning, in Genesis, chapter two, where God told Adam, “You are free to eat from every tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of Knowledge of good and evil.” They did though, and from that time on, we have the freedom to choose good or evil. Does that mean God won’t love us anymore if we choose evil? The Bible tells us that after they sinned, God made clothes for Adam and Eve out of the leaves of the fig tree. To me, this tells me a little about God’s love. After all, don’t we dress our children in warm clothes when it is cold outside even though they are naughty?
When we choose evil, does that mean we cannot ever come back to God? Of course not! He will gladly take us into his arms when we tell Him we are sorry. Still, we say, “I could never be as good as the folks in the Bible. They always did the right things.”
Well, let’s look at a few of the people we read about in the Bible. Abraham had his wife lie to the leaders in Egypt, telling them that she was Abraham’s sister, not his wife. In order to be sure that Jacob would get the blessing from his father, which should go to the oldest son, Their mother had Jacob dress in the furry skin like Esau’s, and had him wear some of Esau’s clothes and even made Esau’s favorite stew. Then Jacob went into his father, who was ill and blind, to get his brother’s blessing.
We all know David, who is listed in the Bible as the man of God’s heart, took the wife of one of his fighters and made love to her. Then, he put her husband in the front of the battle so he would be killed and he could marry her! And, we know that Peter, in the New Testament, lied, telling the people he didn’t know Jesus when Jesus was being tortured.
All of these people and many more were richly used by God even though God forgave them. If you made the wrong choice, God still loves you. He will forgive you too. Isn’t it awful the wrong choices people are making today? But God will still forgive them. Why? because He always loves us, every one of us, even though we make the wrong choices He stands ready to forgive us.