Letting Go

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Today's reading: Genesis 50:15-26; Psalm 103:12; 1 John 1:9

Have you ever noticed how our minds are adept at recording and then recalling negative actions--either things that are done to us or acts that we have committed against others? Our brains seem to be wired NOT to forget. In times of danger, that can be a good thing because our remembering kicks in to protect us. But when it comes to confessed sin, remembering can be problematic when we choose to dwell on the past action and entertain feelings of guilt that often resurface with the memory. Responding in this manner is not healthy or productive, nor is it Biblical. But...it's exactly where Satan loves for us to go because it pulls us off course from following God, and can lead us right back into sin.

After Jacob's death, Joseph's brothers give in to their past sinful memories and the accompanying feelings of guilt that flood their minds, and the result isn't pretty. They conspire together to lie to Joseph in an effort to protect themselves. Thankfully, Joseph reassures them that he is not vengeful and that he has forgiven them, and then proclaims that God was working in and through the situation for good.

Do you have difficulty letting go and believing your sins are forgiven after you ask for forgiveness? What helps you push aside feelings of guilt when you're reminded of past sinful choices and actions? What encouragement do you draw from Psalm 103:12 and 1 John 1:9? Tami

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I do not recall thinking about how I would handle past sins that come to mind or others who would bring them up.Though I know God keeps His promise to forgive me when I confess them.
May I be encouraged to remember Psalm 103:12 and I John1:9

I want to add I admire Joseph's loving and compassion to his brothers in vs.21 "So do not fear...Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them"

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