Seeking forgiveness.

Series: Resilient | Week 6: On the Other Side

Genesis 50:15-18
“But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. ‘Now Joseph will show his anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,’ they said. So they sent this message to Joseph: ‘Before your father died, he instructed us to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you—for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.’ When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. ‘Look, we are your slaves!’ they said."

After Jacob dies, Joseph’s brothers suddenly become fearful that he might finally punish them for their sinful acts against him more than 20 years ago. They finally admit their wrongdoing to him and seek his forgiveness. Notice what isn’t included in their apology: any kind of justification for their wrongdoing.

Respond in Prayer
Spend a few minutes alone with God right now and ask Him two questions: 1. Is there any secret sin I’ve been harboring that I need to confess to you, God? 2. Is there anyone I need to seek forgiveness of for something I said or did? Set a goal for when you plan to complete either one.
See here for more on the anatomy of a good apology.

For Families with Kids at Home
Is there anything you need to apologize to your own kids for this week? Today, humble yourself, and ask God to give you the opportunity to ask your kids for forgiveness.