CAIN DUCKS RESPONSIBILITY FOR ABEL
“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? Genesis 4:6
Many Christians are like that person who, one day, looked extremely sad. One who knew him well said, “Either some great evil has happened to him, or some great good to another.” It has been very aptly said, “The man who keeps busy helping the man below him will not have time to envy the man above him; and there may not be anyone above him.” These illustrations fit perfectly what happened between Cain and Abel; brothers of the same parents. They both had the privilege of presenting their gift to God but for certain reasons, God preferred Abel’s offering to that of Cain. Cain grew envious of Abel and developed hatred for his brother. He eventually killed him.
Beware of hatred; it’s a killer. James 1:15 warns us that sin begins in a small way, but grows and leads to death. So it was with Cain. We see the trend as it grew from disappointment, anger, jealousy, and finally to murder. Don’t be envious of another’s success. Rejoice with them; your own is on the way. You can only see farther when you stand on the shoulders of those who have gone ahead of you. This is the more reason you must allow the love of Christ to be rooted in your heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse your heart of all forms of malice and jealousy this morning.
- Birthday Blessing: “Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favour as with a shield.” Psalms 5:12
RBT Passage: 2 Samuel 18; 2 Corinthians 11; Ezekiel 25.
“A man may go to heaven without health, riches, learning, or friends; but he can never go there without Christ” – John Dyer