Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Doctrine of Forgiveness. Part 3.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Forgiveness as it is revealed by means of the fruit of the Spirit, Part 3. GAL 5:22-23.
Point 4, One of the greatest illustrations of forgiveness is found in a story that most of you are familiar with by now, the story of Joseph.
Joseph was a victim of great injustice but it became a part of God’s perfect plan for his life!
The world is filled with acts of injustice and only the grace of God and understanding our subject of forgiveness can get you through.
Joseph had a change of circumstances but not a change of God’s grace support.
1. Joseph was thrown into the pit by his brothers which was a part of God’s plan for his life, which he failed to recognize, GEN 37:1-24.
2. Then Joseph was sold to a caravan, which just so happened to be coming by, and the caravan took Joseph to Egypt, God’s geographical will for Joseph, GEN 37:25-36.
He had a change of environment and circumstances but it did not hinder his spiritual growth.
3. Joseph then became a servant to Potiphar, who was an officer of Pharaoh, and Joseph learned that God can provide prosperity in any situation, GEN 39:2-6.
That’s because God can bless you in one geographical area as much as in another geographical area.
4. Joseph was then tempted many times by his Potiphar’s wife to have sex with her, and he passed the test magnificently, GEN 39:7-10.
5. Mrs. Potiphar reacted against the rejection by Joseph and falsely accused Joseph of trying to seduce her, and this was a total act of injustice, GEN 39:11-18.
6. Potiphar believed his wife and threw Joseph into the dungeon for his second “pit” experience, GEN 39:19-20.
7. GEN 40:1-4, Potiphar abuses his authority and gives Joseph double duties as a slave to two aristocrats in the Egyptian prison.
If you are ever going to grow up spiritually, you must learn how to handle being mistreated by others!
8. GEN 40:14-15, Joseph fails again by relying on man rather than the Lord and the two men both forget to help Joseph in his prison experience.
Joseph’s brothers assume that Jacob’s death will remove Joseph’s restraint and tolerance of them and that he will seek revenge.
The brothers judged Joseph by assigning to him their own flaws, their own sins, and their own weaknesses.
In Verse 21, Joseph has no intention of ever seeking revenge.