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As I read Genesis 42 – 45 and I see the way Joseph reacted to meeting his brothers in Egypt, the ones who betrayed him, sold him into slavery, tore him away from all that he knew, loved and trusted and left him at the mercy of strangers in a strange land. I was struck by the imperfections of man. “indeed, there is no one earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins”.
I am not saying Joseph was wrong and that he should have forgiven and revealed himself to his brothers immediately instead of playing games with them. What struck me was despite the maturity, growth and wisdom (fear of God) that Joseph had shown, he was still human and the pain, hurt and sorrow he must have felt since the age of 15, the age his brothers betrayed him (correct me if I am wrong), had still stayed with him despite God’s hands clearly being with Joseph in Egypt.
So, I say don’t hold yourself to unrealistic/unattainable standards thinking as a Christian, I can never sin or act in a negative manner and if you do, don’t condemn yourself or be too harsh with yourself. We are only human and God sees all our imperfections and He who created us for His pleasure and will, loves us regardless.
Remember – “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins” Ecclesiastes 7:20.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” Psalm 73:26.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9.