But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.”
Forgiveness is a unique thought in the times in which we live. In our uptight culture of road rage, cyber-bullying, and ridiculous lawsuits, we prize revenge as a virtue. I don’t remember when I last saw a movie celebrating forgiveness. Payback is the story our culture likes to see.
The most significant lesson in the life of Joseph, however, is how to forgive those who have hurt us. There isn’t a better example of forgiveness in the Bible than Jesus, but apart from our Lord, Joseph shows forgiveness on an epic level.
Joseph was able to say to his brothers who had sold him into slavery years earlier, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good” (Genesis 50:20 NLT). In other words, “It was not you who sent me here, but God.”
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your complete gift of forgiveness, which washed me white as snow. Father, I give You permission to search my heart and reveal any unresolved grievance. Holy Spirit, empower me to courageously grant forgiveness that my connection to You remains unhindered. Father, I declare that I am called for Your purposes, and everything You intend for me is good. Holy Spirit, align my every thought and action to this truth. Set me free to live in unity with my brothers and sisters to accomplish Your Kingdom purposes and glorify Your name. AMEN.