It’s All In The Genes

Recently, I have been intrigued and curious as to the role of our genes and DNA in the development of our personalities and character traits. I’m sure we have all heard the comments, “You act just like your mother,” or “You act just like your father.”

According to,

  • “Personality is not determined by any single gene, but rather by the actions of many genes working together.”
  • “Overall, genetics has more influence than parents do on shaping our personality.”

It appears that my genes, that I inherit from both of my parents has more of an influence on shaping my personality. I began to think about this in spiritual terms.

The Bible says in Romans 5:12-19

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way, death came to all people, because all sinned— 13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. 15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! 18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

In spiritual terms, we were born into sin. Sin was a part of our spiritual make-up. Sin, for the most part, determined our personality. It was in the genes. Just as the sin-nature entered into the world thru the disobedience of one man, Adam, God sent His son, Jesus to be the appeasement for our sin.

Because God made a way for us to escape the penalty of sin by being born again, we now have a new nature, a righteous nature thru the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We have a new way of being and a new way of behaving. We can now boldly declare we act just like our Father!

This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It!

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