1. Great evil was done to Joseph by his brothers. Yet, we know that Joseph forgave his brothers.Gen 27:18-28
a. The names of his children tell us he forgave. Gen 41:50-52
1. You can’t have peace of mind, nor can you forget, unless you forgive. 2. Forgive=let it go, forget it; unforgiveness=hold on to it, keep it alive.
b. His behavior in Potiphar’s house tells us he forgave. Gen 39
1. He didn’t use his experience as an excuse to disobey God. v9
2. Unforgiveness keeps the focus of our lives on us and what was done to us rather than on God.
c. When Joseph had the chance, he did not get revenge on his brothers. Gen 42,43,44; 50:15-21
2. When Joseph was reunited with his brothers, he put them through a series of tests to see if they had changed. Notice several things from this. Gen 42,43,44
a. Joseph did have to forgive, forget (let it go), not retaliate, and be kind.
b. But, he did not automatically have to put himself in a position where his brothers could hurt him again.
c. What was done to Joseph was wicked, not minor; not imaginary.
d. If someone is untrustworthy, you can keep your distance, but pray for him, be kind to him if the opportunity presents itself. Don’t tell everyone.
3. II Tim 4:14,15–Paul warned Timothy about Alexander the coppersmith.
a. No hint of revenge in Paul’s words. This is the only place it is mentioned. b. He committed it to God, knowing God would take care of it.
4. In II Sam 16:5-13 when David was on the run from Absalom, Shimei cursed him and threw stones and dirt at him.
a. David wouldn’t let Abishai kill Shimei. v12–(David said) and perhaps the Lord will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses. (Living)
b. David has grown since the time of Nabal.
c. When Absalom was killed, and the rebellion ended, Shimei begged for mercy and David gave it to him. II Sam 19:16-23
d. David didn’t trust Shimei and warned Solomon about him. I Kings 2:8,9
e. Solomon confined him to Jerusalem on pain of death. I Kings 2:36-46