July 17: The First Murder

Read Genesis 4

Murder carries such heavy connotations as it is reserved for the worst of the worst of mankind. We list names of renowned killers and cringe at the acts they completed. We commonly find ourselves in situations and in order to down play our own selfish acts we say “at least I didn’t murder someone.” This is a tactic to provide justification for our own sin by pointing out a sin that is seen as much worse in human eyes. However, as Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.

In Genesis 4 we are introduced to Cain, who was not the first sinner, but he was the world’s first murderer. Murder was not the initial sin that appeared in Cain’s life, rather it was pride that welled inside of him. As his pride blossomed he had a desire to rid himself of his conceived obstacle, his brother Abel. As he murdered Abel, this was not a solution to his problem, instead the beginning of a life of vagrancy and wandering. Cain solved nothing with his pride, hate, and murder.

You may be thinking, I am no murderer, I am civilized and would never do such a thing. While this is probably true, I want you to inspect your heart. Look into the dark corners of your soul and is the base sin of pride, arrogance, or hate lurking deep in the recesses? Where is your mind when it comes to the person at work that passed you for a promotion? Where is your heart when interacting with your spouse, children, and family? What is your stance when faced with a decision to love or hate? 1 John 3:15 says “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.” God calls his followers to a higher standard and simply not committing physical murder isn’t what we are called to. Rather, leaving behind hate and loving in all situations is the expected bar of holiness. This is truly unattainable without God’s help.

As we strive to honor God today, let God control your life. Don’t let hate take over, don’t let pride control your life, don’t murder.

-Jeff Walter

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