Genesis 4:10, “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”
The first sin committed horizontally (human to human) is the sin of murder. Cain and Abel both brought an offering to the Lord and the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. Cain instantly became upset because God did not respect what h he brought him. God knowing this didn’t try to boost his self-esteem, but rather asked him three questions. First God asked, “Why are you angry?” Secondly, “why has your countenance fallen?” Thirdly, “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” Now whenever God asks a question it is never because He doesn’t know the answer, because God is omniscient (all knowing). Read the rest of this entry »
Luke 10:25-37, “36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
One of the comforting words often shared when someone is facing challenges is “if you need anything, don’t hesitate to call me”. Many times I wonder the reality of these words. Are they many times said in the moments when there is nothing to say, or something easy to say but don’t mean it or has very little meaning or people don’t just think them through? And what does “anything” really mean? Read the rest of this entry »
Psalm 145:16, “You open Your hand, And satisfy the desire of every living thing”
As a science teacher I have taught my students that all life has basic needs. Most living things need food, water, air, and living space (shelter). I’ve heard it said in the context of marriage that man has a need for respect that can be satisfied by a man’s wife. Similarly, women have a need for emotional love that can be fulfilled by her husband (see Ephesians 5). Read the rest of this entry »
Proverbs 19:22, “What is desired in a man is kindness…”
A father told his son, “if you have nothing nice to say to someone, please don’t say a thing”, he never heard from his father again, the father never had anything nice to say to or about his son. Why is it that we live in a world that shows less or no kindness? Husbands show no kindness to their wives and vise versa, kids are not kind to each other, parents are not kind to their kids, people are not kind to other people. We have murders, abortions, rapes, robbery etc because people are not kind. If everyone was kind as the bible puts it, we wouldn’t have any of these issues to deal with, we would all live in peace and harmony. Read the rest of this entry »
Ephesians 4:32, “And be kind to one another, …”
Kindness is rare in our world today. It is rare where we work, on the roads with motorists, at times with parents and kids, husbands and wives. Less or no kindness in the department stores. There are a few people I am scared of dealing with, they are not kind at all. Have you been somewhere seeking help only to be rude to? or your presence was not noticed at all, you received a lousy service? I have. How about on the phone? Giving the best service hoping that in return you get one right there or some other time it does not happen? I tend to hear this line a lot, “What’s the point of being kind when you don’t get it in return”. Can’t even smile at anyone because of what they did to you. Kindness does not look at who is right or wrong, it looks for opportunities to make a difference in a person’s life. Read the rest of this entry »
Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad”
In the world we are living in, virtue is decreasing tremendously. Kindness is running out the door right before our eyes. Respect for the elderly is diminishing, respect for life is affected. Respect for other people and their belongings are threatened. What a world we live in, a crazy scary world it is.
Exodus 10:21-23, “…But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings”
We have an awesome opportunity to affect our surrounding because we are a product of grace through faith.Ephesian 2:2&8, tells us “It’s by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it’s the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”. it’s not what I did that commends me, it is by Christ’s finished work on the cross. There is nothing good in me expect Christ the light of the world.