We must all learn from the life of Joseph the importance of total forgiveness. Many things take place that we cannot understand. We are wronged. Those we love are afflicted. Our world spirals out of control. Despite its simplicity, the hardest thing for us to accomplish is to totally forgive even those who have harmed and opposed us. Unforgiveness is a prison and a poison. Forgiveness is freedom and blessing. Holy Spirit cleanse our hearts and bring to our attention something we need to forgive today. Show us the desperate need we have to repent and forgive. Give us the faith to lay down our selfishness. Follow the example of Jesus!
Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Make everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. 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; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.