Can?? IF wanted (to)
and Abel…the so-called good bro; the so-called bad bro
What is the distinction between can? and able?…similar meanings/similar capacities, eh?!
(We are both…can & able or able and can)
Cain…can/could but didn’t! and Abel would/did…
Cain can be good
(choices and delusions, insights and know-hows)
at the mind gym…My more-experienced-in-life Friend, Joyce:)…”JOY” ful, smart, sweet, sassy 80 something year old…whom i deeply respect, admire and love…an amazing positive-capable-example. The spiritual (and other) epitome of Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Worker, Smart Lady…has helped countless people through the years (including my family) these few words cannot adequately sum up her goodness/value/worth on so many exemplary levels.
Yet she shockingly, humbly tells me she’s Cain–we are all Cain. Why? How? “Can” that be Joyce??!
this was her response to me (above-mentioned) after we discussed the following readings/excerpts… (of note: “Yahweh” Hebrew for God’s name..”Jehovah” is the English language equivalent of said name…found 7,000 times in the Bible: (my highlights))
3. Why did Jehovah (aka Yahweh) reach out to Cain, and what did He tell him?
3 Consider the case of Cain. He did not profess to worship any other god but Jehovah. Cain’s worship, however, was not acceptable to God. There were seeds of wickedness growing deep within his heart. (1 John 3:12) Jehovah reached out to Cain and told him: “If you turn to doing good, will you not be restored to favor? But if you do not turn to doing good, sin is crouching at the door, and its craving is to dominate you; but will you get the mastery over it?” (Gen. 4:6, 7) Jehovah was, in effect, telling Cain, “If you repent and take a firm stand on my side, I will, in turn, be on your side.”
4. Given the opportunity to be on Jehovah’s side, what did Cain do?
4 If only Cain would correct his thinking, Jehovah would restore him to favor. But Cain did not listen to the counsel. Wrong thinking and selfish desire led him to wrong actions. (Jas. 1:14, 15) In his youth, Cain may never have imagined that he would take a stand against Jehovah. In time, however, he did the unimaginable—he rebelled against God and killed his own brother!
5. What kind of thinking could cause us to lose Jehovah’s favor?
5 Like Cain, a Christian today could be following the wrong path even while professing to worship Jehovah. (Jude 11) For instance, one could nurture immoral fantasies, greedy thoughts, or hateful feelings toward a fellow Christian. (1 John 2:15-17; 3:15) This thinking can lead to sinful actions. […]. Other humans may not be aware of our thoughts and conduct, but Jehovah sees all things and knows if we are not wholeheartedly on his side.—Read Jeremiah 17:9, 10.
[Who Is On Jehovah’s Side? excerpted reading W July 2018]
my imperfect thoughts about above reading:
a lot of us may think or say “we’re good”… could mean “all set” “good to go”, etc. or “doing good” (our personal definition of good, eh?) …or on the right/correct/logical/reasonable/sensible side of things…history, controversy, religion, knowledge, you name it, etc. We have a “good” education. Yet…we could be fooling ourselves (and Others)…most of us profess something…”good” “right”…
i am no judge…but God/Yahweh/Jehovah…knows; for sure.
And IF all of us openly/humbly accept wise counsel…we become able (or Abel-Like) …aka we don’t kill our Brother…or Others.
Questions for Reflections:
am i on the side of (genuine) good?
am i on God’s good side?
who actually determines “good” ? “bad” ?
am i winning my personal/individual spiritual battle for good?
what can i do?
what am i able to do?
10/04/18 @ 11:58 a.m.
You Dear Reader:)…can…You are Able…((to) BE GOOD) :)…(and so can i)