Killed With Kindness

And Joseph placed (settled) his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. And Joseph nourished (provided) his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families.

Genesis 47:11-12

I went to school with one of the sweetest girls I have ever known, and I tried to my best not to mess with her. There were times when I was not successful, and I teased her too much or said things that were just not kind. I always knew I went too far when I saw her eyes well up with tears.

When I was in the middle of saying something mean, I noticed the tears and tried to adjust my words instead of just shutting my trap. Every time I went to her later to apologize, she always smiled at me and say, “I forgive you.” I would try not to do this, but every time I did, she did not hesitate to forgive me, and she never held a grudge. She treated me the same and never brought it up to me again, which was quite shocking to me as I often took the opposite approach. We met up again many years later, and she was just as sweet as she was in high school. She did not make mention of my cruelness even when she opportunity to do so. I worried that one day she would bring me on the Phil Donahue Show and shame me in front of the viewing audience, but she was too kind for that. I always admire people who do not hold grudges or seek revenge.

I think of Joseph and all that he had been through in his life because of the cruelness of others. He had been mistreated, sold, falsely accused, and spent time in prison. Many will claim their innocence in prison, but for Joseph, this was true. He committed no offense and was still imprisoned and forgotten by a former prisoner whom he helped. This chain of events in his life began with his brother’s hatred of him. Joseph was well aware what his brothers had done to him, but yet he did not hold a grudge and he even took care of them in a time of great famine. 

I think of our Heavenly Father and how He provides for us, even though we were once enemies of him. When we confess our sins, He forgives us and does not hold a grudge against us. Micah 7:19 states, “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” I am thankful for our good God who is faithful to forgive and forget our sins when we repent. 

Where are you today friend? Do you hold grudges, or are you kind to everyone no matter how they treat you? Matthew 5:43-44 states, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Will you do good to those who hate you? Will you love those who seek your ill? We have been forgiven of much, and we should be apt to forgive others. May the world see kindness and love that mirrors our Heavenly Father’s, and may they want what we have. 

Stay in the Fight!

Leave a Comment