SUMMARY: Cain killed
OVERVIEW: Brothers Cain and Abel offer sacrifices to God. God accepted Abel’s gift but not Cain’s, making Cain angry. In response, Cain killed Abel.
BIG IDEA: We are our brother’s keeper.
KEY VERSE: Genesis 4:9 (God’s question)
Afterward the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?” “I don’t know,” Cain responded. “Am I my brother’s guardian?”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
It’s easy to become jealous or envious of others. Those are natural emotions, but you don’t have to live with them or by them. You can replace those feelings with prayer and care. When you’re jealous or envious of someone, encourage them. Bless them. Pray for them. It will drive the enemy crazy, and it will soften your heart. It will also put a big smile on my face.
And the answer to Cain’s question is, “Yes, you are your brother’s keeper.” And your span of care is not limited to your gene pool. Remember Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan? The Good Samaritan was the most unexpected person to help, yet he showed mercy. I want you to show and receive mercy. Sometimes it’s more challenging to be a recipient, but family members care for one another, and we are family. Look around and be ready to help others. And be honest about your situation, and be willing to ask for help from others if needed.
Are you jealous or envious of someone? Confess those sins to God and choose to pray a blessing on that person or group when you think of them. Encourage them publicly.