Genesis 45:4-5 (NKJV)
“And Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Please come near to me.’ So they came near. Then he said: ‘I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here…'”
Joseph had such a generous heart. Although he rightly identified the crime done against him (“you sold me into Egypt”), but he also said, “please come near to me…don’t be grieved or angry with yourselves.” What type of heart is this? Imagine the scenario: Here was Joseph providing comfort to his brothers for the sinful acts they committed against him. Can you imagine that?
In the same way, can we so love those who have hurt and offended us? Can we find grace to comfort them and draw them near to us, even when they fear and grieve because of their treacherous actions against us?
It takes a heart overwhelmed by God to so believe and so behave.
“Oh, Lord! Infuse me with such a golden heart; which is none other than the priceless Spirit of Christ Himself. I need this Lord! I need it. Amen.”