Revenge or forgiveness.

Series: Resilient | Week 6: On the Other Side

Genesis 50:19-21
“But Joseph replied, ‘Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.’ So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.”

Notice three things about Joseph’s response to his brothers’ apology: 1. He acknowledges only God has the power to punish and avenge a wrongdoing. 2. He acknowledges that they did sin against him and says so plainly. 3. The greater truth that God intended it all for good. God is sovereign and, in His sovereignty, took the evil plots of man and used it for good in the lives of many people. Joseph’s soft heart is evidenced in his kind words and love.

Respond in Prayer
Are there any relationships in your life where you may be playing the part of God and unjustly punishing someone by not offering forgiveness? Forgiving can be extremely hard to do if you’ve been hurt by someone. Spend some time asking for God’s divine help in getting you to this place. Meditate on Joseph’s example and Romans 12:17-21, specifically the part about ‘as far as it depends on you.’

For Families with Kids at Home
Today, meditate on these words from Joseph’s reply: God intended it all for good. As you prepare for the weekend today, remember this: God is taking care of your family. He loves your kids even more than you do.