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Sun, Apr 08, 2018

Love is not Resentful

Pastor Ruben
Duration:56 mins 49 secs

LOVE IS NOT RESENTFUL
Love, The Superior Way – Part 8
April 8, 2018

1 Corinthians 13:5 d: Love … is not resentful.

Genesis 45:3-8 And Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph!  Is my father still alive?’ But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. So Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come near to me, please.’  And they came near. And he said, ‘I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.  6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God.  He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt …’   

Genesis 45:15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them.  After that his brothers talked with him.

Lessons We Can Learn From Joseph:

  • Stop and know that God is with you.

Genesis 39:2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.

  • Return good for evil.

Genesis 50:21 So do not fear, I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

  • Yield your will to God’s will.

Genesis 45:5-8 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God.

  • Let go of your resentment.

Genesis 50:16-17 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, ‘Your father gave this command before he died: Say to Joseph, “please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.  And now please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.”’ Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

Genesis 50:19-20 But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not fear for I am in the place of God?  As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant if for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.’

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