So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” Genesis 4:6-7 NKJV

The anger that Cain was experiencing here was from jealousy. This stemmed from an insecurity in his life. He had a hard time accepting that his brother’s gift to The Lord was accepted above his. This insecurity led him to murder his brother.

Jesus told us in Matthew 5:21-26, that if we hate our brothers and sisters, we have committed murder in our hearts. In verses 43-48 He talks about how we are to love others to include our enemies.

Why? It helps our hearts to be softened. And how do we learn to love others? Jesus talks about in Luke 17:1-10, that this can be achieved by serving others. He also talked about how this will increase our faith.

If we are to truly to learn how to not be angry, jealous, insecure, we find throughout scripture that we can achieve this by taking our focus of ourselves. We are then to put it on Jesus and learn to love. Then we are to put it in practice by loving others, even when they are unlovable. After all, someone did this for us.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 ESV

If we learned to not become so easily offended by what others do to us, how would that change the world around us? Jesus sacrificed everything for us without saying anything in anger to his accusers, even though they falsely accused Him.

Let’s ask Him to help us today to not become so easily angered.

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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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