The purpose of the book of Proverbs is to give godly wisdom to the children of God. If a person does not read the Bible, it is like refusing God’s wisdom. The word favor in Proverbs 12:2 has the same meaning as grace. Some Christians believe grace is only a New Testament teaching. Still, the Old Testament is full of grace and mercy for God’s people. If all things in a Biblical manner start in the book of Genesis, is grace and favor in the first book of God’s word? We are all saved by grace, right. In Genesis chapter 6, the Lord was not pleased with the state of mankind’s behavior. Humans can be wicked; no one really loved God or each other, at that time. So God wanted to condemn them to destruction. But out of every person on earth, God found favor and grace in one person. His name was Noah.
In 2016, I was living with a young couple. The young girl told me her family mistreatment made her hate God and Christians. Her boyfriend told me that because he loved his girlfriend, it made him hate God since her grandfather abused her in God’s name. Sitting at the dinner table playing cards, he told me that his girlfriend’s grandfather would sexually molest her. Her grandfather would even tell her when he was done, he would repent. Because God’s grace was used to excuse abuses against a family member, the couple both hated God. Well, I told my roommate that is not real repentance; real repentance is telling God you or I regret sinning against God and that we do not want to displease our heavenly Father. Many people read about the sons of Adam and Eve and wonder how Cain could have killed his brother Abel. Did Cain not have brotherly love for Abel? God gave Cain a warning to master his actions and or sin would master over him. I told my roommate that is not genuine repentance; real repentance is telling God you or I regret sinning against God and that we don’t want to displease our heavenly Father.
Genesis 4: 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why is your face gloomy? 7 If you do well, will your face not be cheerful? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” 8 Cain talked to his brother Abel, and when they were in the field Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?
As a family of God, we should love each other gracefully, but a family of blood, like parents and siblings, grace, should love each other more. The issue is sin does not see family members who it hurts. That is why “I” is the middle word in sin, the sinner only sees how it benefits themselves, even if it is wrongful action. It took hate for Cain to murder Abel; it took love and favor for Abel’s grace and love to trust his brother. Cain had already devised in his heart to kill Abel, and he did it in a cold-hearted way. Indeed, God will show grace and favor if a person repents if they murder, but Cain did not regret his sin, only that he was caught with blood on his hands. He told God, am I my brother’s keeper? That means he did not love Abel or God. Cain’s mouth had revealed to the Lord where Cain’s heart was. So God gave Cain what he deserved was condemnation, which was not grace. God condemns Cain away from his parents, Adam, and Eve, and never sees them again. Heaven is the everlasting presence of God. Those murderers who do not love God and others those murderers will not inherit heaven; haters and murderers inherit hell. Dear brothers and sisters, do you want God’s favor, grace, or condemnation? Ask your heart and tell your God which you want. May the Lord bless you, Jesus loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel H.
1 John 3:11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; 12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. 19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.