Devotional: Esau's Despair Led to Unforegiveness, Then Hate Against His Brother and A Sin Against GodSubmitted by Randy on Sat, 2012-11-10 01:34
CAIN'S CHOICE TO HATE HIS BROTHER'S RIGHTEOUSNESS
The illustration of The Murder of the Congenial Neighbor highlights how dangerous is the sin of anger. Self-righteous anger may start small, but can eventually lead us to do some unconscionable things. In this illustration anger boils over between two friends that quickly leads to a fight and then murder. See the illustration of The Murder below.
James 5:6. The love of money corrupts us where we become indifferent to what is right and what is wrong. James 5:6 refers to the evil rich and says “Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.” We can become so obsessed with money that we will do anything that threatens our riches. This includes knowingly declaring a right wrong or a wrong right.
Genesis 27:41. A simple definition of unforgiveness is "a grudge against someone who has offended you". From a Christian perspective, unforgiveness is a sin in that it is the opposite of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the essence of loving our fellow man while unforgiveness is a sin that results in hate and much worst. Forgiveness is of God while unforgiveness is not of God.
How did Jesus change our relationship with God? Do I have a sin nature? How do I become a new man (or woman) in Christ? Why is it so important?
The illustration of How an Eskimo Kills a Wolf provides us an example of how easy it is for us to be consumed by lust. In the story Paul Harvey explains how an Eskimo kills a wolf. The Eskimo does this be putting several layers of blood on a sharp knife. The wolf then comes and licks the knife.
Genesis 4 tells us the story of Cain and Abel. Abel was a keeper of sheep and Cain was a tiller of the ground. Abel brought the Lord an offering of fruit and Abel brought an offering of the firstlings of his flock. God was please with Abel, but not with Cain. God advised Cain to do good in the future, but Cain did not take God's advise.