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    The Daniel Plan - July 01, 2016

    FRIDAY - GOOD INTENTIONS

    Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:19-20

    When Joseph rose to become the chief minister of Egypt's pharaoh, he had the opportunity to take revenge on his brothers for selling him into slavery years earlier. Instead, he forgave them.

    He gave two reasons for choosing forgiveness. First, he said, "Am I in the place of God?" To withhold forgiveness is to claim the place of judge that only God deserves. We are in no position to demand punishment for others when we want mercy for ourselves.

    Second, he saw God's hand in the events, turning even cruelty to good. By selling him as a slave, his brothers had placed Joseph in the right place at the right time to limit the harm of a famine that swept through the Middle East.

    Our friends and family will inevitably fail us sometimes, and we desperately need the humility and confidence in God that enabled Joseph to choose forgiveness over bitterness.

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    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Forgiveness is possible and can transform your life with the freedom only God can provide.

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