Genesis 50:19-21: Love is a choice.

“19 But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.’ And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.”NIV

Real love is not sentimental; it is not mushy at the centre. It faces the facts about people, but chooses to act kindly instead of vengefully. Joseph looked the truth about his brothers right in the eye, without flinching. He knew their former hatred; what they had wanted to do to him. He was aware of the harm they intended him. But his faith in a sovereign God enabled him to rise above it all and take the high road of forgiveness. He saw that God had a great purpose, even in their meanness. The example of Joseph shows what is possible with God’s help: we can treat those well who treat us bad. We don’t have to reply in kind.

Once again, the Joseph story causes us to think of Jesus. He could have said similarly to those who crucified Him:

‘’You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives’’ (20).

Jesus has brought in a greater salvation than anything Joseph could.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord Jesus for so great salvation, and for all you endured for my sake.