Author Charles Stanley just passed away – His influence will live on – thru his books and TV teaching. He may have been a strong personality to some – but there is always a few that need that! And I appreciated a book he wrote – the only one I read – about Surviving in an Angry World – finding your way to personal peace. I read it cover to cover in one night – and the most thing I remember from that was the talk about forgiveness, You will not have peace without forgiveness. And that comes from us to others just like it comes from the Father to us, thru Jesus.
If you can not forgive then you can not be forgiven. Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
So we soldier on in this world – an angry world – we knew that and yet we forget the brokenness comes from the beginning – and the brokenness of Adam and Eve – and the brokenness of Cain – the farmer – who did not sacrifice the way God wanted Him – and resented it and killed his brother Abel – the shepherd. It took another son Seth and his generations from Enosh to once again give praise to God and atone for sins. “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?” That is us in the present day with our brother Jesus – a Shepherd. Yes, it took another to be born – from a line of the shepherds – born to atone for our sins – all the people’s sins. if we extract ourselves from this angry world we must turn to it in forgiveness – and turn to God in praise…
Thanks God for fellow Praise-ers and fellow forgiver-ers…
Thanks God for Charles Stanley’s work in Your Name.
Thank You Lord, for Jesus is our brother and fellow Forgiver.
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have gotten a man from the Lord.” And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering; but unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, “Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” And Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and slew him. And the Lord said unto Cain, “Where is Abel thy brother?” And he said, “I know not. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand. When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength. A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be on the earth.” And Cain said unto the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Behold, Thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth, and from Thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth. And it shall come to pass that every one who findeth me shall slay me.” And the Lord said unto him, “Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod to the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. And unto Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech. And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bore Jabal; he was the father of those who dwell in tents, and of those who have cattle. And his brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also bore Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron; and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. And Lamech said unto his wives, “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech! For I have slain a man for my wounding, and a young man for my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.”
And Adam knew his wife again; and she bore a son and called his name Seth. “For God,” said she, “hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” And to Seth also there was born a son, and he called his name Enosh. Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.