At War

I John 3:12 “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.”

I am a people pleaser. I want people to like me. And when they don’t like me, I have been known to toss and turn at night, wondering what I ever did to turn them against me. But sometimes, people just don’t feel comfortable around one another, and it has more to do with warring spirits than specific actions.


Here, John refers to the story told in Genesis 4:1-16. But it is a story that has been told time and again throughout history, with different players. Light exposes darkness! And those who live comfortably in darkness don’t like it when God’s light exposes them. When we live in God’s light, in righteousness, we will make people in the world, in the darkness, uncomfortable. And they won’t like us!

John warns us not to be like Cain. Is there someone who makes you uncomfortable? When we don’t like someone, we must honestly examine our own hearts to find the reason. Is there something about that person that exposes our shortcomings, our faults, our lack of righteousness? If so, we must humbly kneel before our Father and ask Him to heal the sickness in our own souls.

Dear Father, Please help me to live a righteous life.

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