The ground was pure and fertile. Man’s disobedience brought a curse. We are made in the image of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says regarding sin, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
Holding onto resentment instead of letting it go, brings disorder to God’s created order for our bodies. We are to tend our bodies just as Adam was instructed to tend the garden. Allowing the weed seed of resentment to germinate will cause it to propagate quickly.
Here is what uncultivated ground or buried resentments look like. Proverbs 24:30-31 says, “I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and there it was all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was broken down.”
It’s a sad picture of negligence. We are to be diligent tenders of our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says to guard it diligently. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Our faith suffers when we allow the weed seeds of resentment to flourish. Hidden sin blocks our open fellowship with the Lord. We often try to hide from Him through our busyness. Adam and Eve hid from Him.
Consider their relationship before their open rebellion to His words, “Do not”but they did. Genesis 3:8 gives us a glimpse into how it was. It says, “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”
There is an old hymn called, “In The Garden.” I’m sure some of you are singing it right now. Our personal garden is our quiet time. We neglect that time when we have sinned and not confessed it.
I have certain ‘duties’ that I don’t like to do. I often quote Song of Solomon 1:6 to myself. The Shulamite gal said, “…my own vineyard I have not kept.” That is my incentive to take on the task that I didn’t want to do. Leaving sin buried and unconfessed is the same as not taking care of our vineyard.