Complete Forgiveness

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!..." -Genesis 45:4, NIV

The story of Joseph is an early account of the forgiving nature God expects us to have in our treatment of those who have wronged us. It is a prime example of Christ-like love.  Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and deceived their father into thinking him dead, but when he confronts his brothers during their time of need, forgiveness and love burst forth from his heart.

With pure faith in the overriding providence of God, Joseph even professes his belief that God had redeemed his brothers’ betrayal of him by using it as a means to deliver his family during the time of famine. Joseph’s forgiveness of his brothers’ sin is so complete that he kisses each of them and weeps with joy at being united with them once again.

Brotherly forgiveness is expressive, self-giving, and offered in a way that is easily received. Today, let us be alert to an opportunity to show the same kind of love and forgiveness Joseph did to someone that God may bring across our path.