TUESDAY 28TH JUNE,2016
TOPIC: YOU’LL WALK IN FORGIVENESS
TEXT: Gen 50:21 “Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will
provide for you and your little ones,And he comforted them
and spoke kindly to them…”
Seventeen years after being reunited with Joseph, his long
lost son, Jacob died and Joseph’s brothers panicked. They
started to think ‘Now Joseph will pay us back for all the evil
we did to him’ (v 15). So they got together, made up a story,
and sent word to Joseph, saying, ‘Before your father died, he
instructed us to say to you: “Please forgive your brothers for
the great wrong they did to you”‘ (v.16-17). Now think about it. If their father really had said this, he wouldn’t have told. Joseph’s brothers, he would have told Joseph himself, right? He wouldn’t have gone to his grave with the fear that Joseph might exact revenge.
When Joseph heard that his brothers doubted his forgiveness he called them together and wept, saying, ‘Don’t be afraid…l myself will take care of you and your families. “..And he spoke very kindly to them, reassuring them’ (v. 21). True forgiveness, the kind that’s taught in Scripture, is a commitment you must practise every day of your life. People need loving the most, when they deserve it the least. No one ever said it would be easy. If Jesus had waited until His enemies repented, He’d never have prayed on the cross: ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do’ (Luke 23:34). Sure, it’s easier to forgive when others acknowledge their offence but if that’s a prerequisite, you may never experience victory! And what you dont forgive — you have. to relive! So for your own sake forgive, take back your life, and begin walking in the blessing of the Lord.
MEDITATION: Hebrews 10:12-18
STUDY THE BIBLE
COL 2:20-3:17, EZEK 29&30; ISAIAH 55