You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good…

I have to start this off by saying thank you to Joseph. He is one that really knows how to forgive. ” For if you forgive men their trespassses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Mat 6:14-15

Why should we forgive and show mercy? ” For judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement.” Ja 2:13  The life of Joseph is one of the greatest examples of this. At age 17 he being sold to the Ishmaelites and written off as dead by his brothers had come over a period of 22 years seperated from the love of his father Jacob understood his relationship with God through prayer.

There needs to be recognition of God in our lives, and a learning to communicate with Him. Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in the way He would have us go. We are considered fools if we are to say there is no God. Joseph understand this in his time of slavery he was able to fully submit to the will of God. Once we begin to understand that which He has for us we then need to exercise our faith in Him.

How do we exercise our faith? We have to read, meditate and begin to live His word, and I would submit that this should be a daily practice. How are we to undestand the things of the Lord if we don’t have a clue as to what He is saying.  

The trials of pain, hurt, and rejection are for our benefit that we might draw closer to God and in turn are able to help others through there time of need. In the story of Joseph had he not been placed in the position that he was many nations could have been lost.

Learn to let go of the selfish pride that is keeping you from forgiving your brother, sister your friends and neighbors. Mark 7:21 , 2 Tim 3:1-9  both teach us that its whats in our hearts that defile us. Start your purifcation process get into Gods word and allow Him to show you how to forgive

D John

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