You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.Psalm 63:1NIV

 I know I have to forgive them! It’s hard to fathom that anything positive will come out of the pain I feel from my friends’ disloyalty. I’m not sure what to do or how to handle my feelings! But I’m trusting You to teach me how to forgive.

Loving Father, I look to Your Word and read Joseph’s example on forgiveness. His friend didn’t betray him, his own brothers did! I can’t fathom the agony he must’ve felt. It would have been so easy for him to seek revenge on his brothers when You reunited them. But Joseph kept his eyes on You. He didn’t focus on his betrayal because he knew his God. He knew You had a bigger plan!

Lord, lead me with Your divine guidance as You did Joseph. Soften and fill my heart with Your love as You did his so that I may show Your goodness, kindness, and mercy to those who have deliberately hurt me. You had a purpose for Joseph’s life and You have purpose for mine. Your truth tells me,

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them (Genesis 50:20–21 NIV).

O heavenly Father, You display Your incredible story of mercy and forgiveness, of seeing beyond the immediate situation to the eternal perspective—a story that I see again in the life of Jesus. Unlike Joseph, Jesus was perfect. Yet the people He came to save plotted against Him, cursed Him, and killed Him. Like Joseph, Jesus saw beyond the evil done to Him and looked to Your supremely sovereign hand. You had a plan—Your precious Son would save my life and the lives of Your children. Your incredible story of mercy, forgiveness, and grace! And You included me.

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