Breakdown (Tuesday 18 April) - Daily reflection - Bible Society

Breakdown (Tuesday 18 April)

Morning Encounter:


Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go for a walk.” And when they were out in a field, Cain killed him.

Afterwards the Lord asked Cain, “Where is Abel?”

“How should I know?” he answered. “Am I supposed to look after my brother?”

Then the Lord said:

Why have you done this terrible thing? You killed your own brother, and his blood flowed onto the ground. Now his blood is calling out for me to punish you.

(Genesis 4:8-10)


It did not take long for the implications of the Fall to play out in human tragedy; one of Adam and Eve’s boys murdered the other out of jealousy (see 4:5). When God confronted him, he denied it. A refusal to confess our sin can only lead to a breakdown in our relationship with God. It is that serious.


Why might we want to deny our guilt? Allow God to shine a spotlight on your life, remembering that he looks on you with great love and mercy.

Midday Meditation:

‘The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.’

(Augustine of Hippo)

Evening Reflection:

O Living Flame of Love…

How Gently and how lovingly

Thou wakest in my bosom,

Where alone thou secretly dwellest;

And in Thy sweet breathing

Full of grace and glory,

How tenderly Thou fillest me with Thy love.

(St John of the Cross)

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