Cain and Abel – Part 1
How do you react, when someone suggests you have done something wrong? Do you move to correct the mistake or deny that you need to correct it? After Cain’s sacrifice was rejected, God gave him the chance to right his wrong and try again. God even encouraged him to do this! But Cain refused, and the rest of his life is a startling example of what happens to those that refuse to admit their mistakes. The next time someone suggests you are wrong, take an honest look at yourself and choose God’s way instead of Cain’s.
For Cain to master the sin lurking at the entrance of his desires, he would have to give up his jealous anger so that sin would not find a foothold in his life. Sin is still crouching at our doors today. Like Cain, we will be victims of sin, if we do not master it. But we cannot master sin with our own strength. Instead, we must turn to God to receive faith for ourselves and faith and strength from other believers. The Holy Spirit will help us master sin. This will be a lifelong battle that will not be over until we are face to face with Christ.
The feelings motivating your behaviour cannot always be changed by simple thought-power. But here, you can begin to experience God’s willingness to help. Asking for His help to do what is right can prevent us from setting into motion actions that we will later regret.
“And Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him”-Gen 4:8. His decision is a clear reminder of how often we are aware of negative choices; yet make the wrong ones, just as Cain did. Today, you may not be choosing to murder, but you are still intentionally choosing what you shouldn’t. Watch out. Therefore, when disappointed, don’t react in extreme anger. Like Cain, in time of anger, do not take the negative option, rejecting positive possibility offered. This is the first murder — taking a life by shedding human blood. Blood represents life (Leviticus 17:10-14). If blood is removed from a living creature, it will die. Because God created life, only God should take life away.
Anger is not necessarily a sin, but actions motivated by anger can be sinful. Anger should be the energy behind good action, not evil action. What we offer to God must be from the heart — the best we are and have.
• Prophet (Dr.) Abiara is General Evangelist, CAC Worldwide