Righteousness versus Evil

1 John 3:11-12, “For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.”

Love one another.  Love, not hate.  Love, not murder.  Not evil but righteousness.  Righteousness from God not evil from the devil.  A life lived for God and not for evil.  That is what God desires.  That is righteousness versus evil.

All through the Bible, there are constant reminders that we are to love one another.  Choose love.  Who to love, which is everyone.  Who is love, which is God.  Who loves us, which is God.  There are also warnings about evil.  Evil is from the devil.  Evil is to be avoided.  Evil is the opposite of God.

In the story of Cain and Abel, which is almost as old as time, Cain kills Abel.  Cain is the representative of evil.  Abel is the representative of righteousness.  The basis of good and evil.  What God wants against what God detests.  This is how the world is.  It is either for God or against Him.  There is no gray area.  There is no “middle of the fence.”  For God or against God.

Sin is the problem.  Sin separates us from God so that no man is on God’s side.  No one.  Only God is perfect.  Only God is without sin.  In fact, without Jesus, all get punished for said sin.  No one can be with God apart from Jesus, the Son of God.  Jesus walked the Earth as a man.  He walked the Earth as a perfect man and still all God.  He is the example to live by.  The example of righteousness.  There is another that is the example of pure evil.  His name was Lucifer, an angel of God, that turned away from God and left Heaven.  He is everything that God is not.  Bad, sinful and pure evil.

We are all Cain in the story.  As much as we try, we cannot do good.  All our works are mingled with sin and that sin spoils the good.  That is not to say that we should still not try to be good.  That is not to say that we should just give up.  What it does say is that we should seek Jesus, who can take our works and make them good.  Take our sin and make us righteous.  Take our bad state and create in us a new life.  A new outlook on life.

We should be the “Abel” in the story.  We should run, not walk, but run to God.  God will welcome us with open arms.  God will accept us if we first accept His Son.  In order to get to Heaven, the path is Jesus.  By following Jesus, we are led to the Father.  The Father is in Heaven waiting for us.  He is waiting and eager to see His people with Him forever.

Not all people will end up with God.  That is the sad fact.  What should happen is that those who follow Jesus should witness to the ones who don’t know Jesus.  Lead everyone we can to the Light that is God.  Get out of the darkness and into the Light.  That is righteousness.  That is running from evil and running to a God that is true good.  True righteousness.  That is the goal.  That is what we need.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for lessons in good against evil.  We know that You are good.  We know what is evil.  We know that without You, we chase after evil.  Our hearts are not pure on their own.  Thank You for sending Jesus to take away our sin and make us good.  We cannot be good on our own.  We are lost without You.  Help us to show Your love to all that we can.  Help us to be a light to shine toward Your Light.  Our lives can shine to You.  We give You all the praise and all the honor and all the glory and it is in You that we can celebrate our going to Heaven.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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