Reconciliation and redemption is the one-two punch of forgiveness that often is not seen through to conclusion. Joseph, after years in Egypt, being a slave, being thrown into prison, being brought out as an interpreter of dreams, gaining Pharaoh’s confidence and favor, has now been reunited with the brothers who sold him into slavery. Even with all that bad history between them, Joseph lays that aside and weeps without shame on the shoulders of his brothers. He reconciled with them and redeemed their relationship to a good place. In the church we can become alienated one with another by the “monsters” we build up in our minds. These monsters are control, revenge, and trying to justify our own actions. There must be one side that will break down and surrender the hate, the guilt, and the shame that is a part of conflict. It must be surrendered to Jesus. Then the other side of the conflict has the breathing room to accept reconciliation and its natural conclusion, redemption. To be redeemed is to re-purchase the benefits of a relationship. This is also, coincidentally, God’s salvation plan for us!
Prayer: Father God, thank you for redeeming me and reconciling me. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.