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Genesis 50:19–21 (ESV): "19 But Joseph said to them, "Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones." Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them."
We would do well to remember that there is only one judge for our sin. God is the only one we will answer to for all that we have done. Thankfully through Christ our sins are forgotten! God has cast our sins as far as east is from the west and remember them no more.
Just before his death, Jacob gathered his children and instructed them regarding their roles in the coming years after his departed from this earth. After his passing Joseph's brothers were worried that he would make them pay for what they did to him. Joseph quickly draws their attention to the reality that all that happened to him was ordained and allowed by God to position Joseph so he could save their lives. He told them they meant it for evil but God used if for good.
We have all messed up and wronged others. We should ask for forgiveness and repent of those things. Thankfully we too have a Savior that was sent to save our lives. He was crucified and buried in a grave but He rose again on the third day so our sins could be removed and forgotten. Don't live in fear of standing before God on judgment day. If you have Christ then your sins were already judged. Rest in His sacrifice and fear not for His blood will cleanse you of all sin.
Father we thank You for sending Jesus to save our souls. We have all transgressed greatly and deserve condemnation. Thank You for not judging us as you ought but for placing our judgment upon Jesus. May we live by faith knowing that in the day we stand before You the only thing we will be judged for is our good deeds. Let us walk freely today in the grace and mercy You've provide through Your Son Jesus, in whose name we pray, amen!
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