I have a question for you. Have you ever been in Cain’s shoe? You remember who Cain was, don’t you? The guy who murdered his brother? Before you read any further, sit and think about that for a few moments. Search yourself. If you have to, go back about twenty years or more to review how your growing up years have been and whether you fall in that category or not. Why did he (Cain) do that? 1 John 3:12 says it is because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. So maybe you didn’t come across anything that would put you in those shoes with your blood brother or sister. What about a church brother or sister? Or someone not related directly to you? How about now? Does the shoe still fit?
Why did he (Cain) do that? 1 John 3:12 says it is because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Now, if you were not able to find anything that would cause you to have that shoe on, does not mean that you are perfect. I sat and thought about that question for a while. I could not find anything about me in that category either. And for sure, that does not make me any more perfect than anyone else. It is a good thing that God is on my side. Why do I say that?
One of the first commandments that was given by God is, to love each other. There are times when that love can be, and is tested. But true to form, God’s love always prevails. In verse 11 of the third chapter of 1 John it says that “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” In verse 12 it continues with, “do not be like Cain.” Verse 14 says, “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.” Very simple and very straightforward, isn’t it? Here is a redemptive action that was carried out on our behalf. In verse 16 it reads, “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”
John, i believe knew what he was writing about when he penned these words. He had a first hand experience of that redemption. We have that same redemption today. Maybe you have found yourself in that shoe of Cain’s or maybe not. I for one am glad that i wear a size 12M shoe. I think that Cain’s shoe was a little bigger than mine… :-). Here is some good news for us all.
1 John 3:19-21 reads “By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” Of course, it does not end there. Continue reading the rest of that chapter. Ask God Almighty to search your heart. Because, while we can do some searching of our own, we can only search so far back and so far deep. But God, who knows our heart, is able to reveal that which we cannot see. But best of all, He loves us. So much, that He gave his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, so that we may have life more abundant. Isn’t that something!
How’s is your walk with the Lord today?