Our physical life is a gift from God. Only God can give us life. Only God should take it away. When God created Adam, he breathed into Adam the “breath of life . . . and the man became a living thing” (Genesis 2:7). But not too long after that Cain murdered Abel. Cain thought he had committed the perfect crime. He killed his brother and buried him when no one was looking, or so he thought. But God saw what Cain had done. No one can hide from God. He sees and knows everything.
Why did Cain murder his brother? For the same reason many people murder today: anger. The Bible says Cain became “very angry” when God rejected his offering and accepted Abel’s. If we replace anger with love, no one will murder. Love always wants the best for other people.
Think About This: Jealousy and anger can make you crazy. If you stay angry, you will do bad things that will hurt yourself and other people.
Memorize This Truth: “When you are angry, don’t let that anger make you sin, and don’t stay angry all day” (Ephesians 4:26).
Activity—Away With Anger: What are three things that make you angry? Ask yourself, “What makes me angry about each of the three?” Most of the time, anger is selfish. If you think life is all about you, you will find many reasons to get mad. One at a time, take each of your reasons for getting angry and bring them to Jesus. Think of how Jesus felt when people made fun of him, hit him, whipped him and spit upon him. When Jesus hung on the cross, he said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
When people do mean things to you, do they know what they are doing? Do they know that God loves them as he loves you? People usually do mean things because they feel unloved. Can you forgive them as Jesus forgave you when he died on the cross for your sins?