Forgiveness

What this brother did was despicable, but it was not beyond forgiveness.

Consider what Jesus Christ taught us about forgiving one another. His disciples had come to him, asking him to teach them how to pray. Jesus taught them what we now call the Lord’s Prayer, and part of it is the request for God to forgive us. Then Jesus added the following instructions concerning forgiveness:

Without forgiveness, none of us has any hope, including those trapped in the superiority and inferiority complexes that are branded as racism.

People have been hurt, and some hurt very badly. Nobody can say that a lot of damage and senseless killings, pillaging, and terrible atrocities have not been committed under the disguise of racism. While all these heinous and despicable acts perpetuated and carried out are painful, discouraging, and plain evil, we must force ourselves as Joseph did to see the hand of God amid all this pain and choose the high road of forgiveness.

Only God can dish out the punishment that each person deserves, and you must trust God to execute that punishment.

The brothers of Joseph were so guilty that years later, after their father died, they went to their brother and pleaded for their lives. Can you imagine the torture and mental anguish these brothers went through during their lives? Please do not try to be God because that is something that you are not cut out for. Instead, follow the admonition in the word of God:

While we acknowledge that great harm has been done, we should not try to overcome evil with evil because that does not work. We must overcome evil with good because light always displaces darkness.

You may be thinking that the perpetrators have hurt you or your people too many times and there is no way you are going to forgive them because they have overdone it. Peter thought like that when he asked Jesus the following. The question came up because a servant who owed his master, let’s say, a million dollars, pleaded for his master to forgive the debt, and his master did. Then, this servant turned around and held another servant who owed him one hundred dollars. Not only did this servant insisted on being paid, he actually threw the other servant in prison. Word got to their master because other servants went and reported the ungrateful servant to their master. The master threw the ungrateful servant in prison and insisted that he had to pay off all his debt before he is released.

The bottom line is that all of us have received unlimited mercy from God and should extend it to other people.

This is something that Joseph understood, believed in, and acted upon. We, too, should learn how to forgive.

Each time God prohibits us from doing anything, it is because He wants to protect us from harm. At times, those calling for social justice sanctify hate, unforgiveness, and vengeance.

This toxic concoction is wrapped in social justice, and many people drink this harmful Kool-Aid, and it destroys them. There is nothing more destructive to an individual and eventually, a society than harboring anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness. These will destroy anybody who allows them to take hold of their heart.

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