Just Let It Go


Today’s Passage – Genesis 45 – 47 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Mark 7 – 8; Proverbs 18; Psalms 86 – 90)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – James 4:10

Read a previous post from this passage – “The Big Picture

“And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.” – (Genesis 46:29-30)

“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” – (Proverbs 17:9)

I could be wrong about this, but I do not believe that Joseph ever told his father what his brothers had actually done to him. He does discuss it with the brothers, but only to assure them that he had forgiven them, because he knew that God had allowed all of it to happen for a greater purpose. Joseph was certainly in a good position to get even with his brothers, but what good would that have done. He also could have brought their evil report to their father as he had done earlier in his life, but that would only have hurt his father, and further damage relationships within the family.

Joseph was a great picture of Christ. He not only forgave their sin, but he also worked hard to restore the relationship. We need to learn to be more like Joseph. Too many of us are harboring bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts toward those who have wronged us. We refuse to just let things go. We want to keep punishing the people who have hurt us in the past, and we want to make sure that everbody else knows what they have done. But in the long run, we are only hurting ourselves, and that bitterness that is oozing from our hearts is literally destroying us from within.

Let it go. Learn to forgive, forget, and move forward in your relationships with people. Yes, we have been wronged, but we also have wronged others as well. It profits none of us to continue living in the past.

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Gary Geiger
Gary Geiger
2 years ago

No truer words have been said. I made a choice to forgive just as Jesus Christ forgave me. Good post Pastor.

Bob Fenton
Bob Fenton
2 years ago

Amen Pastor. I say to anybody that are reading this post.I had a brother that caused a hardship on his family, his life was out of control drinking drugs unfaithfulness to his wife.His friends came first and his family came last.His wife divorced him. Our family would have nothing to do with him including me.one day I put my differences aside.He live in Florida.we spent time together on the phone, he died a short time later.We need to forgive and let it go.Remember Christ forgave us .Like the post.

Sherry Lingelbach
Sherry Lingelbach
2 years ago

Amen Pastor. So very true. I have had a number of broken relationships that I still grieve. I want my heart to be pure and filled with the love and mercy of God. I love what I read in Psalm 85 yesterday, Verse 10 says mercy and truth have met together, righteousness and peace have kissed each other. I really do appreciate this blog and these reminders.

Desiree jones
1 year ago

I totally agree with you Pastor Phil. This passage says a lot. Being in a relationship takes hard work, understanding one another, truthfulness, being honest to one another, and being faithful.

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