God only did one counseling session with Cain

A Cry For Justice

The Bible does not show that Christians ought to spend a long time working with abusers calling them to account and educating them on how they should think and behave.

God only did a single short counseling session with Cain. He did not take a therapeutic approach by gently inviting Cain to explore his emotions, thoughts and life story. He was not sucked in by the hang-dog look on Cain’s face. He just asked Cain a couple of confronting questions and then issued a blunt warning and a stern directive. “Do what is right!” He didn’t spend lots of time spelling out what right and wrong behavior looked like. He did not spoon feed Cain or give him a list. He assumed that Cain knew right from wrong.

The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent? If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” (Gen. 4:6-7 HCSB)

That was it. There was no second session. And no pulling…

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2 Responses to God only did one counseling session with Cain

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    In my limited experience as a young pastor, I feel abusers are sinfully inclined to being manipulative and one who deal with abusers can err in thinking they are trying to be gracious and thus enable the conflict to go longer. I think this post is something every minister must read and think about. The fear of God must make a biblical counselor be very careful not to give an inch to an abuser in thinking what they do is okay.

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