Scripture does not tell us, but Adam and Eve perhaps were the first individuals to cope with grief. God had created them, placed them in the beautiful Garden of Eden, provided everything they could desire, and even walked with them in the cool of the day. He placed only one limitation on their lives: not to eat fruit from the tree of life in the garden. What an ideal life!
God further blessed them by giving them the ability to make choices. Have you ever thought about that as a blessing? Though many of us have difficulty making decisions, what a blessing! God made mankind with that ability, but many through the ages haven’t been able to enjoy that privilege due to enslavement, or being incapable mentally to make rational choices. But Adam and Eve had that choice; however, they allowed curiosity to overshadow their actions and disobeyed God. Afterward instead of welcoming God’s visit as before, can you imagine their guilt when God called and asked where they were?
They felt shame, and I’m sure guilt, and did not want to face God. If you remember, God killed animals and made clothes to cover their nakedness. Through that process blood also was shed to cover their sin and guilt. Later the shed blood of animals and fowl were used as sacrifices to cover people’s sin; however, none of these sacrifices gave permanent results; so God allowed His Son to shed His innocent blood on the cross to pay for our sins. Why? “Because God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3: 16.
After God made the supreme sacrifice, and it covers the vilest sin, many individuals allow guilt to hinder their Christian lives. I know this from experience: it took years of God’s refining and sanctifying for me to internalize the truth that God not only forgives our sin, but doesn’t want us to feel guilt for sin He removed as far from us as east is to west. But if you became a believer as an adult, many who read this know guilt does not die easily!
After Cain killed his brother Abel and God placed a curse on him, he said, “My punishment is more than I can bear. Today You have driven me from Your presence: I will be a restless wanderer on the earth and whoever finds me will kill me. But the Lord put a mark on Cain; so no one would kill him, and then Cain went out from the Lord’s presence.
Father, we are thankful that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin and knowing that helps us live guilt-free lives. Thanks Jesus, for Your sacrifice. Amen.