TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK

Wednesday Devotional

“Then Joseph said to his brothers…‘Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life’” (Genesis 45:4, 5).

Joseph was in a position to demand justice and mete out retribution against those who had sold him into slavery and, yet, he chose to forgive and prosper his brothers. In a culture where justice was maintained by a moral code of an “eye for an eye”, Joseph initiated an unprecedented ethic–turning the other cheek. Even before Jesus would introduce it as a new standard, “You have heard it said…but I say to you,” Joseph was role-modeling the power of forgiveness for the preservation of life.

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