Topic: The Genesis Story: Part 139- The Strength in Forgiveness
Bible Reading: Genesis 43
Memory Verse: Genesis 43:30
Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen! How are you al doing? I pray that your morning has begun on a great note. Today, we would be continuing the Genesis Story; with Part 139. We would be exploring the strength of Forgiveness; with the help of Genesis 43. Ready? Well, let’s get right into today’s message.
Most of the time, we talk about forgiveness and its benefits. We forget that forgiveness requires a lot of strength and courage. This is what makes forgiveness very difficult for many people. Do you remember the last time you had to forgive someone? What was it like? How did you get to the point of forgiveness?
Let us take a look at Joseph’s situation! He was sold to some slaves by his brothers. This action led him to Potiphar’s house, then to prison and ultimately, he became the Prime Minister of Egypt. Though in the end, there was a positive outcome; imagine how Joseph felt? More importantly, if you were in Joseph’s shoes, how would you have felt and what would have done about it?
I am sure that you will be hurt by your brothers’ decision to sell. You will go through a lot of emotions such as Anger, sadness, pain and many others. Yet, with all these, Joseph had the strength (and the courage) to forgive his brothers. Imagine how you would feel seeing your brothers bowing down to you? Yes, you know that God’s promise to you has been fulfilled. However, where would your “flesh” lead you? Would you have arrested them all? Would you have given them the food items they requested? Would you have returned their silver to them? These are very important questions. Personally, it got me thinking about the amount of strength Joseph had. This strength is only fueled by God. If Joseph was not in alignment with God, I am sure he would have done something horrible.
Many people think that once you are in alignment with God, you do not get pressures from your “flesh!” Well, you still do. However, you would have a better grasp of your human cravings and desires. But that is a decision you have to make. We see that this is the decision Joseph made. He was able to put his human desires to the side and embrace his brothers. He even showed some emotion about the whole situation- he wept.
From Genesis 43:30, we are told that upon seeing his brother, Benjamin, Joseph hurried to his private room and wept. Crying did not make Joseph any less of a man. There was a lot going on; it would have been quite strange to not have expressed some sort of emotion. The great thing was that he did not allow for his emotions to rule his judgement. That’s what many of us do! The strength in forgiveness is making the decision to subdue your emotions and make decisions with a clear mind.
There is nothing wrong with crying. It is natural for us to shed some tears, or even scream when we are in pain. It does not make you less of the person you are. It helps to let go of some of the emotions you are feeling.
Today’s message was to encourage someone who is currently facing a battle of forgiveness. I pray that God gives you the strength you need to overcome the pain and to make decisions with a clear mind. Spend time with God, spend time meditating on His Word. Let it feed your heart and your mind. God bless you!
The prayer below is for anyone who does not know God or maybe has been apart from God for a while. God is here to pour His favor over your life. All you have to do is call out to Him. Make that decision today!
I come to you today as a sinner. I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus is your Son and He came on to this earth to die for my sins. Dear Lord, let your Son come and fill me. Lord, I ask that He cleanses me off my sins. I am ready to stand for you and profess your Name. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
If you repeated this prayer with all the sincerity of your heart, congratulations!! You are now a part of God’s family. Welcome to the greatest family ever. Heaven is jubilating on your arrival. Your fellow brothers and sisters are also excited to have you on board.
Being a child of God is a wonderful thing. The road might not always be easy, but God is with you each and every step of the way. Guiding you, helping you and encouraging up. You will never regret this decision; I can assure you of that. Two things I would recommend for you to do are;
Get yourself a Bible (in a version you understand) and meditate on it day and night. In Joshua 1:8, we are told that when you meditate on the Word day and night, you will be prosperous and successful.
Find a Bible- believing church to attend and fellowship with other Christians. This would help you grow spiritually.
I am excited that you made this decision. Welcome! If you would like some help or more understanding into anything, you can leave a message (adding your email address) and I would be willing and happy to help you out!