Summary: Wallace and Grommet cartoon “You meant it for evil, but it turned out for good.”
How easy is it to ask for forgiveness? How easy is it to forgive? Which is harder? To offer it or to receive it? What do we DO with guilt?
I think most of us know the story of Joseph—not the earthly father of Jesus—but the first one. Really, honestly, a hero. Someone with supernatural powers. When I use that term, what comes into your mind?
We love and serve a powerful God who is willing to manifest that love if we will just allow an opening for it. Joseph was willing. What can we learn from his story?
Scripture: Genesis 50:20
In this message, I said that Joseph had supernatural powers—would you like them, too? Those superpowers are available to each one of us—God’s forgiveness and mercy and love is the most powerful supernatural blessing you could ever hope to receive.
Have you ever been in an impossible situation?
For anyone who has ever suffered, who has ever been on the receiving end of hurt, whether verbal or physical; that is not the end. The pain is not the end of your story. God’s supernatural healing is available. Right here. Right now.
We believe in the goodness of God.
Study Guide (Download PDF)
- I said that Joseph had “supernatural powers;” how would you define this term in the way I used it?
- If you could choose your own “super power,” what would you choose? Why?
- Read Genesis 50: do you think it would be harder for the older brothers to ask Joseph for forgiveness or for Joseph to offer it? Why? How might your answer relate to you?
- In verse 19b Joseph says, “Am I in place of God?” When have you ever been tempted to judge someone else?
- Do you think Genesis 50:20 sounds as if Joseph is being passively fatalistic? Why or why not? What is the relationship/tension between attributing everything to God and abdicating all responsibility?
- Other passages to study about the issue of abuse include:
- Psalms 11; 27; 119:50, 73-88
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
- 1 Thessalonians 5:14
How might you use any of these passages to help comfort another who is hurting?