Genesis 4

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Are you the Green Eye Monster?

 

Wanting or desiring what someone else has is jealousy or discontent.  What are you jealous of?  Other marriages, other connected families, etc.  Be careful not to allow jealousy into your heart. Anger by way of jealousy can lead to murder or the division of family.  You should focus on being content where the Lord has you and rejoice with others.

 

Sin affected the lives of the first family. In Genesis chapter four, Adam and Eve had two sons named Cain and Abel.  Cain and Abel made offerings for the Lord. God did not respect or accept Cain’s offering. Cain became angry and killed Abel. Cain received consequences from God for his sin. Lamech, in Cain’s family line, becomes a murderer too.

 

Sin affects your life and the lives of those around you.  Sin demands consequences.

Jealously, like Cain, breeds sin.  Genesis chapter four reveals how sin destroyed the lives of men even from the beginning. This chapter in the Bible reveals the effects of sin.

 

The grace of God is absolutely amazing.  God is sovereign, just, and merciful.   He protected Cain from being killed even though Cain sinned against Him.  Because God is holy, He has to give consequences for sin.   Man cannot comprehend a grace so encompassing.  God is merciful. He still blesses in the midst of sin.  God is good!  Wow, just think about the grace of God!

 

But know God is good!  Nothing or no one can compare to God!  In the midst of sin, God sent His only son, Jesus, to die on the cross in order to bear the punishment for the sin of men.  When faced with the temptation to sin (be jealous), ask yourself, “How can I turn these negative feelings into good?”  The answer is to:  Focus on the Lord.  Genesis 4: 26  At that time men began to call on the name of the Lord.

 

Prayer:

 

Father,


Lord help me not to sin for its effects those around me.  Help me not to be jealous of others and what they have.  AMEN!


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