Loving One Another is Life

Daily God Walk for Saturday, June 4, 2011

 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who… murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers.   – 1 John 3:11-14

 We remember the story of Cain and Abel as being the first murder. It is significant to note that the first murder was brother on brother. John seems to be contrasting the death which comes from envy and bitterness with the life which comes from love.

John writes an emphatic command: Do not be like Cain! Most of us can find relief here in that we have never literally killed another person, but are we really free from the guilt of speaking of others in a way that would kill their influence? Is John trying to get our attention concerning our attitude toward our brothers and sisters?

We often say, “Love the sinner and hate the sin,” but for too many of us that means shun the sinner and hold him in disdain because he sins. Paul writes in Galatians, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently” (Galatians 6:1). I don’t think he meant to first cut him down with sharp words. He meant use gentle words to woo him back into fellowship with the body of Christ.

The way we act toward those around us is going to reveal our faith to the world. What does the world see of your faith? Do they see you showing a bad attitude toward others? Do they see you participating in cutting others down, talking negatively about the boss, the company, the government, the world in general?

As the saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat,” and there’s more than one way to kill a brother. The spirit of Cain seeks to destroy brothers, but the Spirit of Christ calls us to love one another and in doing that we pass from death to life. 

 Prayer: Lord, help me to be careful how I think of my brothers and what I say about them. In Jesus name, amen.

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