Genesis 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the breeze of the day, and they hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

When we sin or miss the mark, the first thing our flesh wants to do is hide from God. We stop attending church, we stop praying, and we stop talking about the goodness of God. We do this because the enemy makes us feel guilty or ashamed about what we’ve done. He condemns and lies to us making us feel like God is mad at and wants nothing to do with us.

If we sin, we need to recognize this attack on our souls. We need to remember Jesus died for our past, present, and future sins (Romans 6:10). We need to remind ourselves that if we confess our sin to God, He is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:19). We need to understand that there’s no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1).

When we know about the love, grace, and mercy of God towards us, we can receive our forgiveness and continue on with our lives. Don’t run and hide from God. He’s a loving and forgiving God waiting to receive us back into His arms.