“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life” (Gen 45:5).
Can you imagine how Joseph must have felt when he recognized his brothers but they did not recognize him? All the hurt and pain of the past years must have cut him like a knife in that same moment. He was quite emotional at first, but see how you responded.
“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life” (Gen 45:5). How is that for forgiveness? ‘Don’t be angry with yourselves?” He was asking them not to feel bad for what they had done. That is amazing. It is something to emulate. When some people are going through a tough time, all they think about is how they will repay those who treated them wrongly once things get better. Don’t be like that
You can forgive wholeheartedly when someone wrongs you. Even when you have the power to revenge, take the high road and respond in love.
Joseph also teaches us to do good with greatness. 1Ti 6:17,18 says: “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.”
You must learn respond with good even when people treat you badly or can’t afford to pay you back because it’s in your nature. Go about your daily willing to give to those in need and to forgive those who wrong you.