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Joseph and Forgiveness The story of Joseph has several important themes but the one I thought was the most significant was the unbelievable forgiveness of Joseph toward his brothers Joseph was the son of Jacob raised with 11 brothers and several sisters His early life was troubled His brothers despised him because their father made no secret of his special love for Joseph When he was 17 they conspired to kill him Instead they threw him into an empty cistern and ignored his desperate pleas for help Later they sold him to a group of traders who were on their way to Egypt and then reported to their father that he had been killed by a wild beast Joseph was taken involuntarily across international borders and resold as a slave to Potiphar Then his life took a turn for the worst He was falsely accused of having sexual relations with his employers wife subjected to wrongful imprisonment and forgotten in jail by someone who could have interceded with government officials on his behalf If anyone ever had reason to be bitter angry and vengeful it was Joseph Whats amazing about Josephs story is that in spite of all the tragedies that befell him he was appointed ruler over all Egypt Whats even more amazing is that he eventually forgives his brothers for their wrong doings The issue of forgiveness is alive and well within all of our lives Perhaps it was a parent who didnt protect us or a friend who betrayed us When we are hurt we want to strike back When someone wrongs us we want him or her to pay When someone makes us suffer we want him or her to know the same kind of suffering It is silly to pretend otherwise Forgiveness is something we all struggle with We know Joseph had lots of reasons to be bitter and to hold a grudge But when Joseph meets
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