Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Brother’s Forgiveness

Looking for a good example of forgiveness? Look no further than the biblical Joseph. His brothers threw him into a dark pit, expecting him to die. They then sold him as a slave to passing merchants, and lied to their father about his fate. Yet, when they were reunited 22 years later, Joseph exclaims to his brothers:

“I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. Do not be grieved or angry with yourselves that you sold me to here, for God sent me early to preserve life...You will dwell in the land of Goshen, and be near me, you, and you children, and your children's children...and there I will sustain you; for there are yet five years of famine; lest you come to poverty, you, and your household, and all that you have” (Genesis 45:5-10).

Certainly, when Joseph was first sold as a slave he was hurt and angry. How could he not be? But with time, and as events unfolded, he was able to look back and see how critical it was that he had arrived in Egypt sufficiently early, to be there in time to save Egypt from the great famine. This change in perspective made holding a grudge against his brothers impossible and true forgiveness the only available avenue.

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