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Grace Moments Devotions - July 22, 2018

  • 2018 Jul 22

Yes, family reconciliation is possible
Pastor Mark Jeske

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. The dogs eat one another in families too, and sad to say this happens in Christian homes. I used to watch my own kids argue and fight and grimly called their abusing one another “family Darwinism” (you know, survival of the fittest). One of the older kids even explained it to me once: “Dad, we have to pick on the younger ones to toughen them up for the playground, or they’ll be eaten alive.”

There is much worse. The greatest hurts and abuse often come from those who are supposed to love us the most. How can you forgive someone who has hurt you deeply or often or both when no one was looking? Consider Joseph—his older siblings actually sold their mouthy little brother into slavery and told the old man that a wild animal had gotten him. In an amazing turnabout, Joseph was eventually promoted to vice pharaoh in Egypt at the very time that the brothers had to come to Egypt for food during a famine.

What would be Joseph’s revenge now that they were in his power? “Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph! Is my father still living?’ But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence” (Genesis 45:3). Perhaps because there had been so little mercy in their hearts, they found it hard to believe it could exist in another’s.

Are old hurts keeping people apart in your family? Could you arrange a Joseph moment?

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