Monday, June 4, 2012

30 day Sibling Challenge - Day Four


Day 4 – Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
Now that we have seen why we fight and argue, let’s take a look at the tragic first sibling relationship. Today your reading is a from Genesis 4:2-7

“Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. ”

1-Why do you think Cain was angry with his brother for it was God who was not pleased with Cain’s offering? Think about what we learned the past three days. How would you answer this question? Discuss it as a family.

2-God tells Cain here that he has a choice, what is it?

3-What wanted to have Cain? What must he do so he can be free from it?

If you have accepted Jesus then you are free from sins control over you. You must stop yourself and take the way that God gives you out. It is a choice. Cain sadly made a bad choice despite God’s warning. Read the rest of the account from Genesis 4.

Today’s Action
Today I want you to consider a time where you were tempted or acted like Cain. Because hate in our heart is the same as murder. I want you to openly discuss it with your sibling with courage and ask for forgiveness.

Parent’s Action
I want you to monitor this exchange listed for the children above. I would like you to be vulnerable and open about your own experiences and if needed ask your sibling for forgiveness too as a good example of a peace maker for your children.

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