Twenty four weeks, and I am finishing up the last few verses in Genesis! Thank you to those who have followed all the way through - especially if I was moving slower than you preferred. When I think about it, I basically spent six months going through this book but I have learned so much! Forcing myself to slow down and not just read the stories but focus on what God is saying through this book of history that has helped me reflect on my own faith walk. These last verses close the book of Genesis - the book of beginnings - and show us forgiveness. They show us forgiveness no matter how deep the wound. Please read Genesis 50:14-25.
In Joseph's forgiveness of his brothers, he states that what they intended for harm that God intended it for good. God used it to save the lives of many people and Joseph accepted that truth. I believe that being able to trust God's hand on our lives allows us to forgive those who have hurt us. This is an evil world we live in and bad things will happen; however, God's grace extends far beyond any evil that happens in this world. And in believing in the grace He extends in our lives and the good that God can work from our pain, we can also learn to forgive. After all, if He extends grace to not only forgive us but also heal our wounds and turn them into a thing of beauty, we need to extend grace and forgive.
Believing and trusting in God's grace is what helps us learn to forgive those who have hurt us. But that is such a stumbling block, isn't it! But when we are hurt and we turn to our Heavenly Father for help and healing, we are learning more about His forgiveness He has extended to us. He has given so much to us and now we have to forgive - there is no other answer.
Do you turn to God's grace to learn to forgive those who have hurt you?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.