July 16 – Genesis 45:21-28

July 16 – Genesis 45:21-28 

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Oh, heavenly Father, it is so difficult to give grace to those who have hurt me, but I know it is not only what You expect from me, but it is what is best for me.  Help me to not hold grudges.  Help me to have grace and mercy for those, just like me, that have made mistakes.  It isn’t my place to judge, but Yours alone.  Help me to remember all I have been forgiven so I can see the way to forgive others.  Satan works overtime to tell me I deserve to be angry, and it is my right to withhold forgiveness, but You have forgiven so much.  You have not only forgiven me, but You have already forgiven that person who hurt me.  Help me to not hold back forgiveness that will only put a wedge between You and me.  I don’t want anything to come between us, Father.  Help me have grace.

In Jesus’ name.


It is interesting to note that Joseph’s parting words to his brothers were, “Do not quarrel on the way.” Joseph had offered his brothers tremendous grace. He did not bring up the past and hurl accusations at his brothers. Instead, he offered them grace and let them know that what they meant for harm was used for good by God.

How important it is to extend grace.

How difficult it is to extend grace to someone that has brought difficulty into your life.

The next time someone offends you, remember Joseph and how he handled this amazing time with his brothers.

Genesis 45:21-28

21 The sons of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. 22 To each and all of them he gave a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five changes of clothes. 23 To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread, and provision for his father on the journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the way.”

25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob. 26 And they told him, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” And his heart became numb, for he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”


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