I have chosen Forgive(ness) as my world for the week, something I feel I need to work on. Thus, my posts will have this word in them. I will also add what the verse means to me, what is my interpertation.
Genesis 50:17 (NIV)
17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and 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.
This was done when Joseph’s dad was close to death and Jacob wanted to make sure there was no strife between his sons. I believe Jacob realized, it was God’s plan which brought Joseph to the position and place he was – a place he could save his family.
For me, this is one of the toughest forgiveness. Forgiving people because of the “evil” they did provided a benefit to me. Thus, I am to thank the very person who wanted to destroy me for their effort do do so.
I guess it’s not much different, as I think about it, than competition in a sport. We are glad to have tough competition, we really don’t get mad at them regardless of the outcome, but if they did not try and beat us, then we would not be betteri either. But it is hard to reward evil, isn’t it?
Proverbs 31:30–31 (NIV)
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 24:21–22 (ESV)
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king,
and do not join with those who do otherwise,
22 for disaster will arise suddenly from them,
and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?
Proverbs 24:26 (ESV)
26 Whoever gives an honest answer
kisses the lips.
Proverbs 24:29 (ESV)
29 Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me;
I will pay the man back for what he has done.”
Proverbs 24 (ESV)
24 Be not envious of evil men,
nor desire to be with them,
2 for their hearts devise violence,
and their lips talk of trouble.
Proverbs 24:5–7 (ESV)
5 A wise man is full of strength,
and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;
in the gate he does not open his mouth.
Proverbs 24:10–11 (ESV)
10 If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
Proverbs 24:14 (ESV)
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul;
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 24:17–18 (ESV)
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
18 lest the Lord see it and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him.