“And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.” Genesis 50:15
Joseph’s brothers had done him the unthinkable and naturally, after they sold him, they thought that he was dead and who wouldn’t? So, after they met their brother face to face again, alive, and well, and how he forgave them for what they did to him, they were still living in fear. They still could not come to grips that Joseph had forgiven them so easily.
To them, what they did was not something they were expecting their brother to forgive them for (if somehow, he was still alive) and especially so quickly. And though it was not easy for Joseph to forgive them, yet through God’s grace and mercy and strength, he forgave his brothers. But his brothers just could not forgive themselves for what they had done. So, after their father died, they became fearful of what Joseph might do to them. They were so afraid that they sent a messenger to their brother (Gen. 50:16-17). That message caused Joseph to cry, and I believe he cried because he knew that his brothers had nothing to fear, he knew that he had already forgiven them, and he was hurt to know that they were still carrying the burden of unforgiveness in their hearts.
But Joseph comforted his brothers after they eventually came and fell at his feet (fulfilling Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37). Joseph told them fear not, for though they thought evil against him, God meant it for good, he went on to tell them that, he will nourish them and their little ones (Gen. 50:18-21). At that point, I can just imagine the burden that came off his brothers. How they must have felt to know that they had nothing to fear. That their brother’s heart was genuine towards them and their children. When we do not forgive ourselves of whatever wrong we have done, we can never live a victorious life. We will always walk around with that burden though we are forgiven.
Same thing can happen after we have accepted Christ. Though his word say we are forgiven, sometimes we allow our past to convince us that we are not. So, we continue to live our lives in a state of defeat, worry and pain. Let us think about this today and accept what Christ has already done on the cross. His death on the cross is more than enough to save us and forgive us of our sins no matter what we have done. Accept his forgiveness today by forgiving yourself too.
Let us pray: Lord, please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me Lord to accept your forgiveness through your son Jesus Christ and to forgive myself because of what he did for me in Jesus’ name. Amen. Until next time, God bless you.
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