The Imperative of Love

cain_and_abel2Why do people bully others? Are the bullies the stronger ones? NO. Cain killed his brother Abel because he lost his argument with God. What drove him to leave God? Jealousy. Insecurity. Low self-esteem. Self-focus. Loveless. Lawless. Hater of parents. Hater of God.
I can empathize with him. Self perceived weakness and vulnerability make one feel fear of being victimized. Cain felt he was victimized because he did not have God’s favor. His ‘goody goody’ brother got the favor. Abel listened to their parents to do a proper sacrifice, but Cain refused to listen to their godly advice. He was creative and liberal. He had his own idea of what was good for God and not the other way round. Alas, can God still be God if He had to obey Cain? Cain was really foolish beyond any human ration. What did he do next? He bullied. He killed. He lied and cheated and talked back rudely to God. He proclaimed his own end. He became irrevocably lost and perished forever.
He could have become God’s beloved son. But he missed the whole point of human existence. Adam and Eve knew. Abel knew. Seth knew. The key to human sustainable survival on earth requires alignment of our lives with God’s spiritual plan.
Only those who have the Spirit of God can do that. How to have His Spirit? By believing in Jesus. (John 3:3,5,16-17;Romans 10:9-10)

Hebrews 11:3-4 (NKJV)
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Faith at the Dawn of History
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.

1 John 3 (NKJV)

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Sin and the Child of God
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.

7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

The Imperative of Love
10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.

13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

The Outworking of Love
16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error
24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.