Devotions for September 21, 2016

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Genesis 50:15-21

But now that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers became fearful. “Now Joseph will show his anger and pay us back for all the wrong we did to him,” they said.

16 So they sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he instructed us 17 to say to you: ‘Please forgive your brothers for the great wrong they did to you—for their sin in treating you so cruelly.’ So we, the servants of the God of your father, beg you to forgive our sin.” When Joseph received the message, he broke down and wept. 18 Then his brothers came and threw themselves down before Joseph. “Look, we are your slaves!” they said.

19 But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. 21 No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Even though Joseph’s brothers had abandoned him and sold him into slavery, how did he acknowledge God in the end?

Q: When life abuses you, on what do you tend to focus? How can Joseph’s story shape your attitude toward your scars?

Q: How can you show mercy and and Christ-like grace to those who have caused you pain in the past?

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