Today I am doing the “Come Follow Me” devotional again over on the Come Follow Me App.
Talking about how amazing forgiveness is.
Man alive, can you even believe the beauty of Joseph forgiving his brothers who left him for dead?
That he not only forgave them but comforted them and told them he would care for them and take them all under his wing.
(My verse is Genesis 50:21: “Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.”)
Such a small little snippet of that whole story with so many details, and if you’ve been following along in the Come Follow Me app for a while you will know that it seems like all the devotionals this week have touched on a different piece of the whole process of forgiveness. There’s so much complexity in that act that can change your heart.
But today I’m talking about two reasons I think Joseph was able to forgive so easily and fully.
- His father told him to forgive. Or at least his brothers told him his father told them to tell him he should forgive them (back in verse 17). But whether they were just nervous and looking for ways to make sure he wasn’t mad, or whether their father really told his sons to remind Joseph of that pearl of wisdom, I like to believe that Jacob really was a good example of forgiveness.
Oh the power we have as parents to teach our children what a forgiving heart will do for them!
2. He had probably practiced forgiveness. It doesn’t spell that out in so many words, but anyone who can forgive something big has had some practice. Sometimes forgiveness includes giving people the benefit of the doubt or trying to understand their “story.”
Lots more on the app so go check it out.
Also, GRACE IS HOME!! More coming about that tomorrow.
Sending out lots of love this Sunday!