4 Jesus said so!“If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt 6:14- 15, ESV).“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven’ ” (Matt 18:21-22, ESV).
5 Why would my brother sin against me? Sin is selfishness.“Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire” (Js 1:14, ESV).s-I-n
6 Sin forever changed human relationships. Gen 3:16-19.How did sin affect the woman?How did sin affect the man?
7 Remember all that Joseph endured: Sold as a slave by his own brothers.Tempted by by Potiphar’s wife.Thrown into prison.Forgotten by cupbearer.
8 Joseph honored God. Gen 42:18-20. Fearing God means that we honor him. How can honoring God help us forgive?
9 Joseph loved his brothers. “He turned away from them and wept” (Gen 42:24, ESV).“Then Joseph hurried out, for his compassion grew warm for his brother, and he sought a place to weep. And he entered his chamber and wept there” (Gen 43:30, ESV).What is true love?How did God love us?How would loving my brother help me forgive him?
10 Joseph served his brothers. Gen 43:16-34In what way(s) did Joseph serve his brothers?How can serving those who have wronged us help us forgive?
11 Joseph knew that God had a plan. Gen 45:1-5.What did God do because Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery?Can God bring good out of even the worst circumstances?How might that knowledge help us forgive?