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Be better not bitter



'You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.' Genesis 50:20 NLT

At 17, Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery. He suffered for years because of that. But, many years later, as ruler of Egypt during a time of famine, he held the power of life and death over his brothers. Yet, despite what they'd done to him, and the things he'd endured, he chose not only to forgive them, but to feed them. He said: 'You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. No, don't be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children' (Genesis 50:20-21 NLT).

How we treat the people who hurt us is important. Often our natural response is retaliation, anger or bitterness. We can hold on to what that person did to us for years. But God calls us to forgive people, and to be generous towards them. Ever heard the phrase 'hurting people hurt people'? We need to be aware that people's own situations may lead them to hurt others. But, just like God did through Joseph, he can use hurt for good, to redeem any situation.

Jesus said, 'Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you' (Matthew 5:44 NKJV). Are we willing to do that?

So what now? When someone does something to hurt you, ask God to bless them and to show you the good he'll bring out of the situation. Be better, not bitter!

Soulfood: Ruth 1:3-18 John 6:41-69,

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