Family And Forgiveness

“…see that you do not become troubled along the way.”

Genesis 45:24

Joseph had been restored to his brothers. His brothers hated him, desired to kill him and ended up selling him into slavery. Through all of it, however, God had a plan, and He indeed used “all things for good.”

When his brothers finally came to a place where their sin was confessed before God, they were restored to their brother Joseph. After Joseph reveals himself to them, the Bible tells us that they cried, wept, and embraced each other. Not only that, they talked awhile to catch-up on life and what they missed. The amazing thing to me is this…we are never told that the sins of the past, Joseph’s pride and arrogance and his brothers’ jealousy hatred and lies, are ever brought up again. This is what happens when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior!

The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). When we confess and turn away from that old lifestyle, the Bible tells us that God “has cast all my sins behind His back” (Isaiah 38:17). Why behind His back? Because if He dropped them in front, He would have to look down at them again to walk over them. They are to be remembered no more.

Joseph sent them off back home to get their father, and before he let them go, he exhorted them. He told them not to “be troubled along the way.” In other words, now that there has been repentance and reconciliation, he did not want them arguing with each other about who was right and who was wrong. He did not want anyone pointing fingers or bringing up the past. It was done, it was finished.

Those of us in Christ, who have repented and are walking right with Jesus, are encouraged to do the same thing. As we journey home to heaven, may we remember that we have been forgiven and to forgive others, as the Bible teaches us to do. May we not recall the sins of each other but walk in unity and reconciliation. 

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

Psalm 133:1
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