I can't help but wonder how Joseph must have felt when his father died and his brothers sent a message to him asking him to forgive them for their actions years and years ago. Obviously it was painful for Joseph because Genesis tell us that he wept in response to their message. Surely they knew he had forgiven them; why wouldn't they trust him? The brother believed that Joseph's forgiveness of them was contingent on their father being alive; they didn't understand how he could possibly otherwise forgive them for what they had done. I wonder how much we grieve God when we refuse to accept the forgiveness He freely gives to us.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.