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We Need Forgiveness..."What Have We Done?"

Genesis 4:8-10 New International Version

8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[a] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.

Wednesday - June 9

We all know murder is bad. But Cain’s actions and attitude reveal that sin is the root cause of his anger and animosity. This is why Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” (Matt. 5:21-22). Cain acts as if his brother’s well-being is none of his concern. Sin is the corruption of the heart leading us into rebellion against God and animosity towards one another. The only remedy is forgiveness.

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