Can we feel sorry for the man who invented murder?

Sure. Cain probably felt sorry for himself. He was the first child born into mankind’s fallen state. He friends a cursed land. It would have been a difficult life. He might have felt bitter. Perhaps he felt justified in keeping his best produce for himself and offering God the rest.

When God called him on that, Cain lashed out-and  killed his brother. The ultimate fruit of his labor turned out to be violent murder. But, up until that moment, and perhaps afterward, he probably felt justified in all he did.

He could have avoided this whole sad situation if he had stopped feeling sorry for himself, stopped feeling sorry for himself, stopped thinking it was all about him, and focused on God instead. Two faithful sons of Adams might have established a completely different relationship between humanity and God. The Flood might have been avoided. But Cain felt sorry for himself.

Next time you’re feeling sorry for yourself, step away from your “justified” wrath. Think of Cain, think of God, and say, “It’s Your plan, Lord, nor mine. Help me to understand that clearly.”

GENESIS 4:6-7 NIV- Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

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