Within the garden of Eden, where man and woman were equally transparent and wholly loved, condemnation entered. Within the garden of Eden, where man and woman lived in idyllic honeymoon fashion, temptation entered. Within the garden of Eden, where man and woman walked in the cool of the day with Peace, the heat of conflict entered.
When condemnation entered, so followed guilt and shame. When temptation entered, so too did discontentment and insecurity. With conflict came mistrust and pride as silent thieves advancing in double assaults. No longer transparent, man and woman hid in fear.
In the garden of Eden, we no longer live. No relationship is immune to condemnation, temptation or conflict. No heart is a stranger to guilt and shame, discontentment and insecurity, mistrust and pride. No longer natural is transparency and love, but goals toward which we strive.
The heart was challenged even in Eden and the heart is relentlessly attacked today. Some relationships thrive in spite of it and some relationships die because of it. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Above all other things that are to be guarded, keep your heart, for out from it life has its issues.