Joseph’s next years were a roller coaster of experiences. Divine intervention eventually ushered him into Pharaoh’s palace where he managed the food supplies in Egypt during a widespread famine. That famine brought Joseph’s brothers back into his life. They came for food and had no idea that they were at the mercy of the brother they had betrayed. When Joseph finally revealed his identity, his brothers were terrified. They knew what they deserved. But instead of revenge, Joseph offered forgiveness and mercy, thanking God who worked out everything for His glory. Joseph demonstrated the cost of forgiveness. We forgive, not by making the offense unimportant, but by loving the offender. For that, we need God’s help.
KEY POINTS ON FORGIVENESS:
- Forgiveness is a CHOICE to give up our RIGHTS for vengeance, retribution and negative thought’s toward our offender(s).
- Forgiveness is not FORGETTING.
- Forgiveness is not necessarily RECONCILIATION. Forgiveness takes ONE, reconciliation takes TWO.
- Forgiveness is not CONDONING what took place.
- Forgiveness in not allowing the INJUSTICE to continue.
- Forgiveness does not remove the PAIN but staying in un-forgiveness will never allow you to HEAL.
- Forgiveness does not restore TRUST. Trust has to be earned.
- Forgiveness does not remove CONSEQUENCES.