Reading the about the life of Joseph, I’ve come to realise the true power of forgiveness and letting go of grudges. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and went through some incredibly painful moments (Genesis 37-50). But God used Joseph to save a nation from famine, including his family and his brothers who had sold him into slavery many years earlier. Joseph forgave his brothers and towards the end of his life, explained to them that what was meant for evil to destroy Joseph, God had turned it around for good.
The Bible declares that all things work together for good to them that love God. Forgiveness releases the victim from the injustices of the past, or a traumatic situation. Forgiveness gives us the strength to rise above the pain of the moment and allows God to take it and make something good out of a bad situation.
In modern times, we read about the lives of people such as Nelson Mandela. Who, after being imprisoned for 30 years, was released. Upon his release, he declared that he had no time for anger or bitterness but forgave those that wrongly imprisoned him. From this, Nelson Madela was able to make great changes… by building up the lives of others and not destroying them.
The greatest of all examples is Jesus Christ. There He was, hanging on a cruel cross and declared “Father forgive them”. This, He meant concerning those that had crucified Him. His forgiveness brings hope to what is now, the church.
Hope over sin, hope over failure, hope over our past and hope to live as new creations in Jesus.