Athlete, Confess

*This series was written by the staff team at UVA

Read Genesis 50

Genesis ends on a powerful note of forgiveness.  The reluctance of Joseph's brothers to believe the good news of Joseph's forgiveness mirrors our own reluctance to believe the good news of complete forgiveness in Christ. We struggle to believe because the gospel is almost too good to be true. Surely Joseph must still hold a grudge against his brothers. Surely God must still hold a grudge against us for all of the things we have done and left undone. Yet Joseph "reassured them and spoke kindly to them," steadfast in his forgiveness.  Joseph is able to look back, see how God used his brothers' evil for good, and forgive.  Jesus cried out "Father, forgive them ..." even as his executors tortured him.

Questions for Reflection and Prayer

1. Can you relate to Joseph's brothers, who reverted back to fear and dread, doubting that Joseph's forgiveness could be real?  Confess your sins, with the full knowledge that God has forgiven all of them through the work of Jesus.

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