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29/02/2024 - 01/03/2024 All day

“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive”  (Col 3:13)

A funny thing happened and has never stopped since. There was once a man called Joseph who walked out of a prison. But you know what; though free he kept himself locked up in a prison!

Joseph had been sold by his brothers into slavery after an attempted murder on his life (Gen 37). That brutal experience had left him so bruised that even when God restored him to a position of power the pain of betrayal still ached him. After being thrown in jail on false charges, he was plucked from Prison and made Prime minister of Egypt   (Genesis 41). However, though he had now access to all means and was in a position of power a certain matter still left him sleepless. How could his very brothers cause him all the suffering he had experienced.

So, one day, look; there before him are his once captors near starvation and begging for food. All the pain he had let up. He put them through a ringer by locking up Simeon until they returned with Benjamin, the youngest left behind.
Finally, overcome with grief at the mention of his father, Joseph surrendered all and forgave his brothers. “Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him” (Gen 45:14-15).

In a sense it is when he finally forgave them that he started living as a free. Before that he was a man in a prison of bitterness

Like Joseph one could carry a hurt. Like Joseph it could hurt so deep. But the moment you surrender to God and forgive, you will free yourself of that burden to experience the taste of true freedom.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I surrender to you any weight I might be carrying for true freedom that you offer through faith in Jesus, this I pray in Jesus’ name.

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    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.