Cain is Still Killing Abel!

1 John 3:12 "Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous."

Cain is still killing Abel! What a metaphor from which we can learn just how we should expect to be treated by those who are at enmity with us. If you are a believer, and have yet to encounter hatred for your faith and good standing with God, just keep serving the Lord, and it will come!

You see, some people would rather “kill” you, than to learn how to be in just as good a standing with the Lord as you are! That’s why the more you are blessed, the more you are hated. Oddly enough, we as believers not only receive hatred from unbelievers, but also from some of the “brethren” as well. When you come across someone who cannot celebrate your successes and be glad for you when you are blessed, then you have found a “Cain” in the midst. Cain cannot bear the thought of someone else doing better than him, so he will do whatever it takes, even to the point of becoming destructive, to rid you of your chance to succeed, and to steal the spotlight for himself.

Cain is the person in your life that has always been jealous of you, and who cannot stand to see you doing well for yourself. Cain is that person that must degrade you in order to make himself look better. Cain is that person who will forsake the rules of the game to get to the top, no matter who he must step on, hurt, or crush to get there.

Why does Cain act like this? The Bible tells us plainly that it is because his own works were evil, and his brother’s works were righteous. Cain has not yet learned that demoting you will never promote him. Oh, how blind a religious man can become in an effort to promote his own self-righteousness. He can literally get to a place to where he will kill others, thinking that he is doing God a service. How many Cains have you seen who are readily willing to “kill” others, all in the name of their own religious dogma, thinking that God would be proud of them?

Well, now that we have pointed out what the spirit of Cain would look like, the only question that is really important at this point in our reading today is this; are you Cain, or Abel? Are you going about seeking to Glorify God, or seeking the glory of man? If you are found guilty today, turn to Christ for forgiveness while there is time!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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