November 16, 2022
Bishop, W. F. Houston, Jr.
1 John 3:11-12
11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.
Many people are rendered comatose on all levels after having someone they care deeply about slander, injure, or destroy them. Moral or spiritual rectitude does not grant one a free pass over the chasm of injustice, prejudice, envy, enmity, and hatred, even though one may be doing what is right. For many people, doing the right thing in life leads directly to a place where love and tranquility are only illusions. A Christian's daily actions should reflect the love that God has shown them.
The verses found in 1 John 3:11-12 explain the contrast between love and hate and how Christians should demonstrate love in day-to-day living. Good is admired by the world, but evil is jealous of it. Cain's murder of Abel can be explained in this light, along with the fact that hostility is death spiritually.
As soon as God accepts your sacrifice, He will count you among His own. Don't bank on the approval of the masses, especially not those you assumed would welcome your return from decadent to ethical ideals. The most unfortunate aspect of the situation is that people for whom we would have given our lives are the ones who are in control and placing our names on the hit list or firing the fatal shots, which is a bitter irony. Beware of the wolf in sheep clothing! Don't let the induced dark valleys of the shadow death be sanctified by the artificial church and continue to walk in love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. ✝️🌅🕊