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Can you imagine what our life would be if God didn’t forgive us and held grudges for everything we have ever done no matter how big or small?
A great example of love and forgiveness is seen in the story of Joseph where his brothers envied him because he was his father Jacob’s favorite and plotted to kill him but sold him into slavery instead.
Joseph through the favor of God interpreted a dream and ended up in Pharoah’s house as a ruler second in command over Egypt. Joseph’s perfect interpretation predicted a famine which allowed Egypt to put a plan into place and be prepared. During this time Joseph’s brothers came to purchase food and did not recognize Joseph and as the story goes Joseph was in a position to choose not to provide food and let his family die but he instead sold them food just as they had asked. Joseph also secretly gave them their money back in the mouths of their food sacks.
David chose not to be angry nor vengeful.
Genesis 4:5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life….7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God.
Joseph fully forgave them and looked at God’s favor which allowed him to save his family.
Could you have been so forgiving?
Sure, people have hurt us and I am sure we have hurt other’s sometimes unknowingly but we have to look to God for his favor and mercy. We need to not concentrate on the wrong things and remind ourselves of why we are upset or angry with others but train our minds to think on the right things.
Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”
Each of us can probably think of someone we don’t want to forgive but it is not really about that person but opening ourselves up to the forgiveness of God.
We have to be faithful and use the spirit of God's love to forgive others just as we ourselves want to be forgiven.
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