Monday, January 24, 2011
Joseph - Teaching Children about Faithfulness and Forgiveness
Biblegateway. It was interesting to see how the creators of the movie portrayed each character. I almost cried when Joseph told his brothers who he was. To think about how he forgave them after all they had done to him is amazing!
And then I think of Jesus. He forgave the ones who were killing him as he was dying on the cross. It kind of makes me think about the little petty things where I might be not be forgiving as I should. If Joseph can forgive his brothers and if Jesus can forgive his killers, I think I should be able to forgive anything that ever comes my way. Nothing in my life compares at all to anything Joseph or Jesus have gone through!
The one thing I tried to get the children to realize in the story Sunday was that the scriptures repeatedly say, "The Lord was with Joseph.". God blessed Joseph because Joseph lived his life to please God. He praised God, even in bad times. God is there for us, too, even in the bad times. We should praise God, even in the bad times.
On this Gratituesday, I am grateful for the example of Joseph and Jesus! May our hearts be forgiving and faithful, too. May we God praise - always.
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