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in jail …[Jacob’s children] started talking among themselves. “Now we’re paying for what we did to our brother…. Reuben broke in. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t hurt the boy’? But no, you wouldn’t listen. And now we’re paying for his murder.” — Genesis 42:17-22

[Many years later after their father died] Joseph’s brothers talked among themselves: “What if Joseph is carrying a grudge and decides to pay us back…?” — Genesis 50:14-15

Jacob’s children did a terrible thing to their brother. From then on every time something bad happened they remembered their guilt like it was yesterday. Though they were later forgiven it still haunted them.

Guilt is like that, unable to be completely ignored it’s always in the back of the mind stirring up doubt, blame, fear — even when forgiven by the person wronged it remains.

The only release is to pay for it. Only justice removes guilt.

Justice is something we don’t have but Jesus does. He paid the price for sin and guilt, though he had none, and he offers it to those who ask him for it.

“It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. …It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.

–fritz.

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Joseph Wept

Joseph’s brothers … sent a message …”Before our father died, he told us to ask you, Please forgive the crime your brothers committed” … Joseph cried when he received this message. – Genesis 50:15-17 (GNB)

Joseph’s family relationships never completely healed. In fact his whole life was a strange mix of joy and sorrow.

So is ours. Some things can’t be fixed, only endured — yet through the endurance comes something obtained no other way.

The apostle Paul wisely decided not to just endure but to embrace these, focused on the results.

And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. – Romans 5:3-4 (GNB)

Difficulties show God is not finished, yet. Our value to him isn’t in what we can do for him, cast off like an old shoe when we’re done. We still have future and God is preparing us for it; changing our character to be able to embrace it.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for giving grace to endure and a living hope for the future.

Sound Bite: I shall not only endure, but embrace God’s character building process!

-fritz@langgang.com

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Quenching Bitterness

Joseph said … Don’t be afraid … You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish … the saving of many lives. – Genesis 50:19b-20

Actions from others turn sweet kind youth into cynical bitter revengeful, old before their time, people.

There is a way to avoid that – Joseph, in the Old Testament, did it by employing three (3) life principles:

  1. Living in the fear of God;
  2. Recognizing God used even the very wrong and painful deeds of others to work a blessing;
  3. Choosing to live for God’s purposes instead of one’s own

– fritz

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