Re:Verse passage – Genesis 50:15-20(day six)

19 But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you? Genesis 50:19

Notice Joseph’s reason for forgiveness. He did not dismiss their betrayal and cruelty. He did not say, “let bygones be bygones,” or “don’t worry about it.” A confession and ask for forgiveness does not mean the sin magically disappears. Joseph could forgive because he placed justice in God’s hands.

Forgiveness never happens in a vacuum; sin is always due justice. What’s true for Joseph is true for us, we forgive not by forgetting about the offense but by entrusting justice to God. This makes the basis of Joseph’s forgiveness and ours the same: Jesus.

Author: Danny Panter

Danny is the Associate Pastor for NextGen Marrieds & Community Missions at FBCSA.

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