February is the love month. In 1 John 3:11-12 we learn “that we should love one another; not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him?” Because his deeds were evil, and his brothers were righteous.”

John is saying “We Christians should love one another.” Before telling us precisely what love is, he first shows us what it is not. It is most certainly not the kind of action Cain exhibited toward his brother, Abel. Cain murdered his brother (Genesis 4:8). Some Christians murder one another in a figurative sense with their words. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

What is the root cause of all murders? James 4:1-3 tells us after asking two very important questions. “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source of your pleasures that wage war on your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

Is there a war raging within that’s preventing you from loving another person? James 4:6-7 says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

 

For His Glory,
Pastor Bernie Miller