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True Forgiveness – Genesis 50:19–21

February 20, 2020

“Then Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you planned evil against me, but God planned it for good, in order to do this—to keep many people alive—as it is today. So then, do not be afraid. I myself will provide for you and your little ones. And he consoled them and spoke kindly to them.”

Aside the cross, Joseph’s is one of the most profound examples of forgiveness for me.   Evil was done to him.  He was hated, enslaved and imprisoned by his own family.  Yet, when it was within his own power to return evil for evil, even justice for evil, he did not. 

He actually consoled, spoke kindly, and provided for the needs of those who had planned and implemented evil against him.  That is what forgiveness looks like.

How did he do it?

1. He didn’t focus on the wrongs done.

2. He didn’t focus on the wrong-doers.

3. He didn’t focus on himself.

4.  He focused on God and the goodness of God’s plan.  

5.  He accepted his role in short-term suffering for the long-term glory of God.

Truly, a lesson to mediate upon.

https://ref.ly/Ge50.19-21 via the Logos Bible Android app.

5 comments

  1. Beautiful story. I like to act like Joseph and see the bigger picture and deeper meaning but it’s very challenging to do so. Great message though. Thank you for sharing, JD!


  2. It is! When I consider that God can turn all the evil done to me into a plan to release good into the world I am just astounded.


    • Amen!


  3. Man, did need to read that. Any sooner and it might not have stuck. I don’t want to think about any later.
    Thanks, brother.


    • Awesome; I am glad it was timely!



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