The first murder recorded in history was the murder of Abel. You know the story. Abel was killed by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:8). Why? “The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor” (Genesis 4:-5 partial).
In other words, Cain was jealous of his own brother Abel.
Consider Joseph. Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers. The story is found in Genesis 37. Joseph’s brothers hated him and could not speak a kind word to them because their father loved him most. “Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him” (Genesis 37:11).
Do you think these situations only occurred in biblical times? Absolutely not. It is ever present among us today, but who wants to talk about it. Who wants to talk abvout the fact that their family talks about them more than outsiders? Who wants to admit that they’ve been hurt more by family than by friends?
Families are far from perfect, despite all the smiling pictures you see on your Facebook newsfeed. No one knows the heart of men except for God. Don’t be so quick to judge or speak on a situation because you don’t know the full story.
The point of this post is to remind us all that what has been done will be done again. We should be wise enough to know that family can sometimes equal foe, for whatever reason. Pray to overcome bitterness, hurt, and anger so you can overcome and win.
You win by keeping a pure heart before the Lord, obeying his Word, trusting that He will work everything out according to His will.
Don’t succumb to evil, overcome evil with good, but be wise enough to know that family can sometimes equal foe.