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DAILY DEVOTIONAL –Monday, February 23, 2015
Life can bring us some bad situations. We can feel cheated, as Esau did, but we don’t have to remain bitter. We can remove bitterness from our lives by honestly expressing our feelings to God, forgiving those who have wronged us, and being content with what we have.
Bowing to the ground seven times was the sign of respect given to a king. Jacob was taking every precaution as he met Esau, hoping to dispel any thoughts of revenge.
Esau greeted his brother, Jacob, with a great hug. Imagine how difficult this must have been for a man who once had actually plotted his brother’s death. But time away from each other allowed the bitter wounds to heal. With the passing of time, each brother was able to see that their relationship was more important than their real estate. (NLT)
Genesis 33:1-4 – Then, in the distance, Jacob saw Esau coming with his four hundred men. Jacob now arranged his family into a column, with his two concubines and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. Then Jacob went on ahead. As he approached his brother, he bowed low seven times before him. Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him affectionately and kissed him. Both of them were in tears.
Brothers and sisters, if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual should restore someone like this with a spirit of gentleness. – Galatians 6:1 (CEB)
Mari Leigh Fanning (Alabama) titled her story “CHOOSING FORGIVENESS.” I would like to share one sentence in her story: “. . . We are children living in a fallen world; we all fall short. How do we respond when our brothers and sisters sin? . . .”
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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ATTITUDE, ATTITUDES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/attitude-attitudes/
SUFFERING, SUFFER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/suffering-suffer/
DEATH OF A CHILD: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/death-of-a-child/
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