1 John 3:12

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2006, Max D. Hutto,

“Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous.” 1 John 3:12 NIV

The opposite of love is hate. Those who hate are not related to God, but to the devil. The word “murdered” means more than just to kill; it means to butcher, to slaughter, or to cut the throat. Cain’s vicious and violent act of hatred proved that he was evil. Cain’s motive for murder contrasted his deeds and character from those of his brother. Abel was righteous, and Cain was wicked, full of envy, resentment, anger, and hate.

Lord Jesus, help me to act righteously even when confronted by evil. Fill my life with Your great love.


  November 10, 2006

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