Looking to the Bible we see the story of Joseph, where we discover lessons in forgiveness and grace. By all accounts one would expect Joseph to be angry at his brothers, and perhaps even turn them away in their time of need. After all, they betrayed Joseph, they despitefully set out to destroy him by selling him to merchants who were passing by.
And yet, Joseph forgave his brothers, he welcomed them into his home and gave them a place at his table. Not because they deserved it, but because we’re called to love as God loves.
God’s love doesn’t make sense to the ungodly. It’s foolishness to the self-righteous who think they should earn it. It goes against our desire to be recognized for what we’ve done and loved for who we are. But to the sinner who understands the depth of his sin, it’s everything.
Logic tells us that love is earned, the cross shows us that love is a gift.
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Tilling the Soil
Read Genesis 45 where we see Joseph freely forgiving his brothers.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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