- Genesis 4:8 (NKJV) Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
The first time something happens it is often very significant.
Whether it is the first day of school, your first kiss, or the first time man walked on the moon—first times often leave a lasting impression.
Today’s scripture lesson describes the very first murder.
Think about it; we humans couldn’t get beyond the very first two children ever born before murder stained the pages of human history.
Ever since we have been adding blood stained pages to that history book. Brother against brother and sister against sister. And in the wake of this ocean of blood is so much pain, sorrow, devastation, and grief; and all because Cain was not diligent to stop the sin crouching at the door of his life (Genesis 4:7 \\ see yesterday’s blog).
Dear friend, never underestimate your ability to wound, hurt and destroy. Matter of fact, if history teaches us anything we are apt to do this.
Of course most of us never actually shed blood. Instead we murder with our tongues, our condescending looks, our smug and superior attitudes that diminishes and demoralizes. Oh, the book of human histories is really a sad, sad story. 😦
Yes, I’m afraid it really is a jungle out there. Murder is in the air. And the sad thought is that it is often occurring behind the closed doors of home and hearth, among those that we confess to love the most.
Dear friend, this must not be!
Deal with the petty jealousies, little tuft wars, and meaningless power struggles that are crouching at the door of your life.
Take these things to the Cross of Jesus Christ and kill them. Deal with the sin that is crouching at the door. Be a man or woman of peace. Speak life and healing and hope. Demonstrate love and caring, and service.
The Garden of Eden is long gone; now you must fight for every square inch if you hope to have a place of peace and harmony. But it is worth the fight.
Get to it…
Romans 8:13 (NKJV)
13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.