This sermon was based on Genesis 50:15-17
God’s Good Purposes
15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17’Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”‘ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Am I in the place of God?
- We cannot take God’s place even if we think we are being righteous in doing so.
- Are we worrying too much about having the ultimate control over our lives and in doing so are we allowing God to work in our lives?
- Is it right for us to seek our own justice to have the satisfaction of taking revenge on others?
How does God work with my circumstances?
- We need to turn our focus to God and put our trust in him to have control over our circumstances.
- We need to look at the bigger picture and see how we can find joy and peace in times of trouble.
- God works every situation for our own good, his purpose is far more important and we can gain a lot in the process.
How can we chose to show God’s love to others?
- We need to align ourselves with Jesus’ word and the cross, our hope is in him.
- Only God can help us to forgive our enemies and the things they have done to wrong us, only God can forgive evil.
- We need to seek the same heart as God and God’s love for his people.
- God can teach us how to be gracious to others even if we do not think they deserve it.
- We too can allow God to have a way in our lives if we let him shape us and trust in the bigger picture.