Forgive Your Family

Family is Forever

Family can do you wrong at times more than any friend or stranger. And this is found to be true in the story of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph was most loved by his father Jacob and rightly so, Joseph was the first son of his second wife Rachel, And you know how their story began, Jacob worked 7 years to make Rachel his wife and then her father Laban tricked Jacob by giving him her sister Leah, so he worked another 7 years to be with Rachel. Now see why Joseph was really loved, the woman Jacob loved gave him a son and at the time Jacob was far from being young. But his brothers didn’t see it that way, all they could see is Joseph being the favorite son. Gen. 37:3-4 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they could not speak peaceably unto him.
Not only was he daddy’s favorite, Joseph had dreams and going by his brother’s interpretations of those dreams it didn’t make the relationship between them any better. Gen. 37:5-11 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
Joseph’s siblings conspire to kill him, but Reuben their older brother was against killing him, however, it was decided to throw him in a pit. Gen. 37; 21-22 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again. Judah, another brother thought of the plan to sell him to the Ishmeelites who then sold him to Egypt. Gen. 37: 28, 36.
His siblings didn’t see it coming, but there would be a famine in the land of Canaan which would lead them to Egypt, where Joseph would eventually reveal his identity as their brother – reminding them he is the one they had thrown in the pit and then sold. The beautiful thing about all of this is he welcomed them back into his life with no malice in his heart and no thoughts of revenge. Gen. 45: 3-5 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
Yes, indeed God had a plan. Gen. 45: 7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. Israel prospered, Gen. 45:18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land. Gen. 47:5-6, 11 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle. And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
Gen. 50:19-21 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them. Family may come up against you but God who has the master plan will deliver you, fight for you and turn it around for your good in the end for those who put their trust in him. Forgive your family. Forgive those who have wronged you. Remember we all need forgiveness and may the peace of God be with you.

 

Unforgiving-Servant

How many times have you asked for forgiveness? How many times have you forgiven others?

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
Matthew 18:21-35 King James Version (KJV)
21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because of our sinful nature—our worldliness, our lifestyle]; and not for ours alone, but also for [the sins of all believers throughout] the whole world. (1John 2:2)
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 8:12)
I am going to make this plain. A sinless Jesus died for the sins of the world. Those very sins that we need forgiveness for. How dare we not forgive others.

We Don’t Want To Forgive, But We Are To Forgive

 

forgivenessWhen we talk about forgiveness, we all want it and we all should be willing to give it. In Matthew 6:9-13 KJV, the Lord’s Prayer mentions forgiveness specifically in 6:12, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. We are asking God to forgive us as we forgive others. Directly after the Lord’s prayer, Jesus reiterates about forgiveness, what happens when we do forgive and what happens when we don’t forgive. Matthew 6:14-15 KJV, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

In Luke 11:24-26 Jesus is pretty much saying that whatever you pray believe that you will receive, but when you are praying first forgive and once again this is another reminder that if you do not forgive, your Father cannot forgive you. And there is no better display of forgiveness than a sinless Jesus asking God to forgive those who demanding his crucifixion Luke 23:13-21 KJV. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…. Luke 23:34 KJV.

People hurt us badly so we need to ask God to help us forgive them. So, you ask how do I forgive?

The word of God says you forgive by Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV, Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

And Colossians 3: 12-14 KJV, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. If that didn’t help you maybe this will, Romans 12:19 KJV, Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. God does not need our help, therefore don’t get even and do not duplicate the actions of those who have wronged you onto them or someone else. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good, Romans 12:21 KJV.

Don’t struggle with forgiveness and remember you are a child of the most High God.  No, you can’t do it in the flesh because the flesh is weak. But with God you can, in Jeremiah 32:27 KJV, Behold, I am the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Here is a list of reminders of why you can forgive:

1.       You are made in God’s image.

2.       You are a new creature in Christ.

3.       You are a disciple of Christ.

4.       The Holy Spirit dwells in you.

5.       God said Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.1Peter 1:16 KJV

Don’t get tired of doing what is good because you will reap blessings when it’s time. You don’t have to take my word for it, it is in God’s word, Galatians 6:9 KJV And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 

Be Blessed