Many of us know the story of Joseph. He was at one time the youngest brother of many, he was favored by God and by his Father, Jacob. Joseph’s brothers became very jealous and they had plans to murder him, but one brother intervened and decided to throw him in a pit and leave him. The brothers actually ended up selling him to the Ishmaelite’s for twenty shekels of silver, he was later sold again to Potiphar, whom worked for Pharaoh.
Joseph gained favor with Pharaoh and was second in command to him ruling the land.
Long story short, Joseph’s brothers had come to Egypt because there was famine in the land, Joesph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. By the end of the story, Joseph’s father had died and his brothers wrote a letter saying it was from their Father, stating that Joseph should not harm his brothers for what they had done to him. However Joseph’s response was far from what they expected.
19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Family and Friends hurt us, and when they hurt us, it hurts the most. We place an expectation on them because we feel as if they should care more about us than anyone else in the world, but that is not always true. We often times hurt the people we love the most out of jealousy and envy.
Joseph had favor wherever he went, and even though his family sold him, God still had a plan for his life, a great plan!
He worked everything together for Joseph because he loved the Lord!
I know what your family or friends have done seems unforgivable, but do you have the courage and the maturity to forgive so God can push you into your destiny? Can God trust you with the purpose he placed inside you?
Joseph was purposed, Joseph was destined to be great but he also had to be mature enough to handle it. Joseph’s hurt and pain propelled him into his destiny and he didn’t even know it.
ARE YOU READY?
If the people or person who hurt you came to work for you how would you treat them? Would you pass the test? Could you be the leader God has called you to be?
If you feel you would fail the test I challenge you to rethink it, because God will never allow you to fail when your equipped.
Joseph’s love from his brothers covered every act of hurt and pain they committed, and would commit, Joseph saw the bigger picture, he knew that it was not about who or how he was hurt but more so about sharing what God had given him, and through him sharing he blessed others.
When you forget about yourself, and focus on love offenses begin to seem so small….and thats because God is love.
Life is too short to hold grudges, and keep unforgiveness in your heart. Free yourself, and forgive. If God can forgive us for the many mistakes we make daily then surely you can forgive your brother or sister, mother, father, and/ or friend!
With Love, E