Joseph’s Forgiveness

Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. Genesis 45:3-5

Joseph’s brothers come down to Egypt to buy food because the famine was so severe throughout the land including Canaan. Joseph’s brothers don’t recognize him, but he recognizes them. During an earlier and now this second trip to buy food, Joseph treats them harshly such that they fear one or more of the brothers may not make it back home. Joseph schemes to make it seem that Benjamin has stolen his cup and threatens to enslave Benjamin. Judah pleads with Joseph because their father Jacob would die if Benjamin does not return, asking Joseph to enslave him and let Benjamin go. Joseph keeps playing the heavy until he can no longer control himself and identifies himself to his brothers. Joseph could have played out his scheme and gained revenge on his brothers. Instead, he held not bitterness toward his brothers, he had already forgiven them. How could Joseph so easily forgive his brothers? When Joseph realized God was in control the whole time it took the raw emotion and passion out of Joseph. He saw God’s plan to save his father’s family. Were you wronged and that event remains in control of your life? Ask God how He sees the event, both then and now. Romans 8:28 tells us we kno God causes all things to work to together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. I love the beginning of that verse, “And we know.” What God does is an undisputed fact. Will you trust Him that even now He is working that event for your good.