“But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid…. You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good….’”
Genesis 50:19-20

Joseph had each purpose to be bitter: his brothers had simply offered him into slavery. One may argue that he had it coming: his dad performed favourites and Joseph actually rubbed it in together with his older brothers.

After being offered, he ended up in Egypt. After working his means into a great place, he was thrown into jail for 2 years. Despite the fact that he turned a strong man ultimately, many would say he had a proper to carry a grudge in opposition to his household.

Someplace by way of quite a lot of ups and downs in his life, Joseph realized the worth of forgiveness. When his brothers got here to him in a time an awesome want, Joseph selected to place his harm and anger behind him and acknowledge that God had used each circumstance for good. Many lives have been saved by way of occasions that had initially induced him nice ache.

Forgiveness is one thing that may be misunderstood. From small irritations to main life-changing hurts, all of us have to forgive. It’s a alternative, and it’s additionally a course of. Usually a harm have to be handled earlier than forgiveness can come.

Most of all, forgiveness is for us, not our offenders. It releases us to stay in freedom and to be taught from the hurts in our previous. But it surely’s not for weaklings; it makes us stronger.

Lord, present me if I have to forgive. Take care of my harm and information me to set issues proper earlier than You and others. Amen.

By Debbie West
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