For Our Young People

A Brother’s Anger

Instructions: Do this exercise in quiet surroundings. As you read the scriptures, imagine that you are part of the event. Visualize the scene. Hear the voices. Feel the emotions of the main characters. Let the account come to life.

ANALYZE THE SCENE.​—READ GENESIS 4:1-12.

Using your imagination, how would you describe the physical appearance and the disposition of Cain? What about Abel?

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Which “works of the flesh” were evident in Cain, and how was this apparent? (Galatians 5:19-21)

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DIG DEEPER.​—READ VERSES 4-7 AGAIN.

Was it only the offerings that Jehovah accepted or rejected, or was something more involved? (Proverbs 21:2)

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In what cases might anger be justified, but why was it totally wrong for Cain to become “hot with anger”?

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When might jealousy be appropriate, but why was it not appropriate in the case of Cain? (1 Kings 19:10)

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What steps could Cain have taken to “get the mastery over” his anger?

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APPLY WHAT YOU LEARNED. WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU LEARNED ABOUT . . .

Anger.

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Jealousy.

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How to “get the mastery over” wrong inclinations.

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WHAT ABOUT THIS ACCOUNT MEANS THE MOST TO YOU, AND WHY?

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