SPIRITUAL JOSEPH!

“Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh, “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house” (Genesis 41:51).

We have been analysing the spiritual characteristics of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The sweet nature of Jacob enabled him to receive the birth right. He became a special, valuable and praiseworthy person. Wherever he went God’s hand accompanied him. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

It does not mean spelling out ‘Jesus, Jesus’ from the bottom of your heart for the whole day alone. It stresses to move in the path in which God guides, surrendering fully. God brought an end to Joseph’s days of sorrow. He got a sweet life partner and subsequently received a loving child ‘Manasseh’. He had named his son as ‘Manasseh’ as a mark of gratitude when God mercifully made him forget all his sorrows of the past.

God has to mercifully give you the special grace of forgiving all the betrayals, animosities and cruelties. Only when Godly love comes into your heart you will be able to forgive and forget such evil factors. There is an exclusive chapter for love in the Bible. The 13th chapter of I Corinthians shows how we could acquire that fruit of Spirit. Yes. It is derived from the Holy Spirit. “The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).

“Love thinks no evil” (I Corinthians 13:5).What was the sacrifice of Joseph? The Holy Spirit stood with him to enable him to forgive and forget the evils committed against him. There is an interesting information about the elephant. It is told that if anyone commits an evil thing against it, it would not forget it for years and would take revenge even after several years. But we are people with six senses and we have tasted the love of Calvary also. In that case, unlike animals, we have to forgive others as Jesus Christ did to us.

The brothers of Joseph antagonised him. They pushed him into a pit when he was carrying food. The sold him to unknown people for twenty silver coins. Dear children of God, Forgive and forget those who sin against you and love them as Joseph did.

To meditate: “To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins” (Luke 1:77)