15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sinsand the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him.“We are your slaves,” they said.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
God can use anything for good! Even Joseph’s situation!
The ongoing story of Joseph’s life is one of reconciliation. It includes a few bizarre twists but eventually Joseph is reunited with his brothers and then his father, Jacob.
Reconciliation is a tough road but a beautiful one in the end. Reconciliation for Joseph meant forgiveness. Reconciliation for the brothers meant facing up to their past. Reconciliation for Jacob meant trying to get to grips with this new information that he was now privy to.
God uses this desperate family situation to bring about good. Only God can do that.
What about you?
Who do you need to be reconciled with?
Who do you need to walk a journey of forgiveness with?
Pray about how you could begin this, it may be tough but reconciliation can be a beautiful testimony of the grace of God.