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Payback

Many people who have been hurt
spend their whole lives
paying back or collecting debts.
THIS IS GOD’S JOB—not yours.
 

So shall you say to Joseph: Forgive (take up
and away all resentment and all claim to requital
concerning), I pray you now, the trespass of your brothers
and their sin, for they did evil to you. Now, we pray you,
forgive the trespass of the servants of your father’s God.
And Joseph wept when they spoke thus to him.

GENESIS 50:17

 

IF ANYONE EVER had the right to feel bitter and vindictive toward others it was Joseph. His brothers hated him so badly they nearly murdered him but instead chose to sell him into slavery. He could have easily spent the following years in Egypt scheming on how he might pay his brothers back for their evil toward him should he get the chance. But if you read his story, there is never a hint of bitterness. Even when the opportunity came to punish his brothers he instead confessed his unwavering faith in the providence of God.
      The psalmist David once prayed,” Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; I have [expectantly] trusted in, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide" (Psalm 26:1). Leave the getting even to God, and you’ll have a heart free from bitterness.  –Dave Meyer

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