The Kitchen Table Devotions: The Game of Life Day 50
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground Genesis 4:9-10
Something that is sacred to the family is forgiveness. Forgiveness is sacred to any relationship, but especially to marriage and family. And it’s not just a matter of releasing forgiveness, it is also a matter of receiving forgiveness. Forgiveness isn’t just something we say, it’s something we surrender to.
God came to Cain asking, “Where is Abel your brother?” To forgive we need to know what we are forgiving. To receive forgiveness, we need to know why we need forgiveness. It’s at this point that Cain decides to live in frustration and failure rather than forgiveness. Refusing to take responsibility and react in rebellion, Cain misses the opportunity to find forgiveness. Left in his guilt, Cain finds himself with a life that is difficult and one that can’t produce to it’s potential. Cain is left wandering in life and builds the city of Nod or the city/life of wandering.
Forgiveness is key to every aspect of life and God comes to us with forgiveness if only we will surrender to it. Forgiveness is sacred to the marriage, the family and the community. Without it we are all left with a hole in our hearts. Keep forgiveness sacred. Do what it takes to find it for yourself or for others. With forgiveness we can all move on in a life that has the potential of God to satisfy.