How could Cain MURDER Able…oh….wait….

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 God always has this super duper amazing way of linking things together for His good through the school and it never ceases to amaze me and the kids.  Our latest amazement has been the connection of our new school verse and our daily devotions.  We are reading a devotion book on heroes of the bible. The latest hero that we have studied is Able. As the students and I learned more and more about the story of Cain and Able, they were completely flabbergasted as to how Cain could murder his own brother. But then I kindly reminded them of our new verse that Mr. S had brought to us " Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters." (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭15-16‬ NLT). After reading the verse aloud to my students they stared at me in disbelief (as I watched the wheels begin to turn) and then the questions started to come in " sooo, you mean that we murder our brothers and sisters in our hearts when we argue (arguing has been a classroom issue) just like Cain murdering Able? You mean, we are like Cain? Woah."  Thank you Jesus for opening our eyes and giving us a newly found spirit of understanding, though it may be harsh, it is so so good!