Forgiveness and the big picture
You’re the favored son . . . and your brothers know it.
You get a car. They don’t. You get Armani; they get K-Mart. You get educated; they get angry. And they get even. They sell you to some foreign service project, put you on a plane for Egypt, and tell your dad you got shot by a sniper.
Imaginary tale? No. It’s the story of Joseph.
Twenty-two years later revenge is within Joseph’s power. And there is power in revenge. Intoxicating power.
Haven’t we tasted it? Haven’t we been tempted to get even?
Rather than get even, he grants his family safety and provides them a place to live.
May I restate the obvious? Revenge belongs to God! If vengeance is God’s, then it is not ours. God has not asked us to settle the score or get even. Ever.
Forgiveness comes easier with a wide-angle lens. Joseph uses one to get the whole picture. He refuses to focus on the betrayal of his brothers without also seeing the loyalty of his God.
To forgive someone is to admit our limitations. We’ve been given only one piece of life’s jigsaw puzzle. Only God has the cover of the box.
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