Thanks to a friend I’ve been reading “A Lot Like Eve” by Joanna Jepson… and there’s a part of it that I feel buzzing to share…
Let’s rewind back to the very beginning; the Garden of Eden.
We all know the story of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden apple via the suggestion of the snake, but I want to hone in on some details….
Genesis 2:25: Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Genesis 3:6-7: When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some 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 realised they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Genesis 3:12: The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
Everything changed for Adam and Eve.
Post apple-eating they were overcome with shame, a shame they hadn’t felt before. But hey it wasn’t God who told them to run and hide and to cover their nakedness with leaves.
What’s my point? We hear the voices of judgement, of grief, condemnation and shame from others.
Romans 8:1: So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
By the grace of God he comes and he clothes us. He removes the shame and he clothes us with his saving love. He clothes us in truth.
Isaiah 61:10: I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation...
We must remove our gaze from the views and opinions of others and fix our eyes on Him who created us - Him who knows us - Him who loves us.