Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, February 15, 2019

Theme: AVOIDING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Text: “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.” – Genesis 4:7

Comment: After the fall of Adam and Eve, they had two sons, Cain and Abel. Both of them offered sacrifices to God; but that of Cain was rejected while the one of Abel was accepted by God. This aroused the jealousy of Cain who rose up against his brother and slew him. (Genesis 4:1-10) The murder of Abel by Cain was a product of envy. We should not envy one another. If our brother is making progress in life, we should thank God for him and pray God to help us to be like him. It is not bad to approach a successful person in the way of God to tell one the secret of his success. By so doing, God helping one; one could be as successful too. See Proverbs 24:6. We should also bear in mind that, all of us are not equally gifted. As our faces are different, so too our various gifts and talents differ.  (Romans 12:4-8) Whichever gift God has blessed us with, we should make the most of it to His glory and not look down on ourselves or envy our neighbours.   “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?” asked Apostle James. “let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” He added: “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.” – James 3:13,14.

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