Scripture: Genesis 3:8-13
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Sin alienates us from God and from others. Note how Adam and Eve hid from God and blamed each other for their mistake. Sin reverses the intended order of things. We should be in a loving relationship with God and others, not hiding from, blaming, being in enmity with, or feeling shame in regard to God and other people.
When we do sin, there is only one way to put things back as they should be. We can admit our sin and ask for forgiveness. This was Adam and Eve's second sin. They tried to pass off their sin instead of admitting it and asking for forgiveness.
When have you tried to blame others, or blame circumstances, instead of owning up to your own mistakes? The way to holiness is to honestly acknowledge our sin for what it is, take responsibility for it, and sincerely repent of it.