Parents, in today’s Bible story your child heard that Joseph forgave his brothers for what they had done many years before. Joseph was wise enough to know that their actions were part of God’s plan. Joseph chose to forgive just as we can choose to forgive.
Are you participating in our Daily Bible Reading, found on the One Conversation™ Page? You can start today. Many times we remember to work towards verse 32, but ignore verse 31. Both are equally important.
“When we forgive others we are magnifying the power of the gospel. We are declaring that there is something more important than us in this world. We are declaring the worth of Christ and his commands. We are showing the power of a changed life in the Holy Spirit. How great is it to extend forgiveness to others out of the love that extended forgiveness to us? God’s forgiveness of us shows how and why we forgive others.” Erik Raymond helps answer “Common Questions Christians Ask About Forgiveness” here: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/erik-raymond/common-questions-christians-ask-forgiveness/
We can often feel overwhelmed by our circumstances. Financial strains, health issues, and family crises can drag us down emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We can let our circumstances get us down. In the Bible, we read the words of a psalmist who also experienced a down time, but his words also give us encouragement by pointing to the God who is above our circumstances.
Take it Further: Check out the “Joseph Forgave His Brothers” section of the Bible Studies For Life: Kids Family App. This exciting FREE app allows your children to dig deeper into the weekly lessons using fun games and activities.
Where did you hang the Unit Verse for this month? Will it become a permanent fixture there as a reminder of who holds your future?