(Hebrews 11:4, ESV)
Matthew Henry, commenting on this verse, once said “There is always a difference between those who worship the true God; some will compass him about with lies, others will be faithful with the saints; some, like the Pharisee, will lean to their own righteousness; others, like the publican, will confess their sin, and cast themselves upon the mercy of God in Christ.” Abel was the very first martyr in the Bible. Giving God his heart earned him Cain's bitterness and rage--but it also earned him eternal life with God. One was wheat, the other a tare. Which are you?
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