Thursday, February 20
Have you noticed how our minds are adept at recording and then recalling negative actions—either things that are done to us or acts that we have committed against others? In times of danger, that can be a good thing, because our remembering kicks in to protect us. But when it comes to confessed sin, remembering can be problematic when it leads us to dwell on the past action and entertain feelings of guilt that resurface with the memory. Responding in this manner is not healthy or productive, nor is it Biblical. But it's exactly where Satan loves for us to go because it can pull us off course from following God and can lead us right back into sin.
After Jacob's death, Joseph's brothers give in to their past sinful memories and the accompanying feelings of guilt that flood their minds, and the result isn't pretty. They conspire together to lie to Joseph in an effort to protect themselves. Joseph is grieved with the situation, as evidenced by how he comes to tears when the brothers speak with him. He reassures them that he is not vengeful and that he has forgiven them. He then proclaims how God was working in and through a bad situation to bring about good.
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today" (vs. 20).
After you've asked God for forgiveness, do you have difficulty letting go and believing your sins are forgiven? What helps you push aside feelings of guilt when you're reminded of past sinful choices and actions? What encouragement do you draw from Psalm 103:12 and 1 John 1:9? Tami
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