“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
                                       Genesis 3:5  NIV

What would it be like to be innocent of evil, clueless of sin with no one to point it out to you? Only Adam and Eve can truly answer that question but children seem to live with this blameless, unknowing quality.  I remember when my kids were very young and would invariably hear a ‘bad word’.  They would repeat it out loud, often in the most inconvenient place!  Without an understanding of the meaning they were innocent, until they were told and became accountable for their knowledge.

For some people their knowledge of evil works overtime, alerting them to every slip up, or possible mistake they might make.  Others have hardened their hearts towards God to a point that they are oblivious to how they live in opposition to God and His laws.

The reverse is also true of human nature.  The knowledge of what’s good causes some people to strive to live “good” or conversely they grow proud in how good they believe they are.  Genesis 3:5 makes it clear that, In The Beginning God created people Innocent of the knowledge of good and evil.

[tweetthis]God never wanted us to bear the heavy burden of a conscience. GN 3:5[/tweetthis]

In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  It’s hard for our finite minds to comprehend, but we are never more pleasing to God than when we come to Him with child-like faith, Innocently pure before Him!

[tweetthis]We are never more pleasing to God than when we come to Him with child-like faith MT 19:14[/tweetthis]


Father…I thank You for providing a way for me to be innocent again through the blood of Your son Jesus.  Let me live in the truth of my innocence and not the burden of my conscience.  Help the knowledge of my innocence in Your eyes bring a boldness to my faith that will draw me closer to You!  In Jesus Name…Amen

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Sherry Stahl