God’s Love Being Displayed Through Joseph’s Hardships

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Genesis 50:15-21

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said to one another, “If Joseph is holding a grudge against us, he will certainly repay us for all the suffering we caused him.”

16 So they sent this message to Joseph, “Before he died your father gave a command: 17 ‘Say this to Joseph: Please forgive your brothers’ transgression and their sin—the suffering they caused you.’ Therefore, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when their message came to him. 18 Then his brothers also came to him, bowed down before him, and said, “We are your slaves!”

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. 21 Therefore don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

When evil times come our way, we sometimes tend to take our focus away from Jesus and into the bad situation we are in. By losing focus, we will miss God’s love being displayed on us. Joseph did not do this, even though his brothers had evil intentions for him and sold him as a slave, God had other plans to save not only those in Egypt (where he was sold to) and the other nations around it but also the same brothers who betrayed him. That is the love of God in action.

Joseph understood the bigger picture because he looked at it at God’s vantage point instead of his. He knew that God never left him but even though he was a slave to an Egyptian captain and then was thrown in prison from a false accusation, Joseph trusted God all the way. His faith NEVER wavered.

After Jacob died (their father), Joseph’s brothers became afraid thinking that their little brother whom they abandoned by selling him as a slave was going to get revenge on them.

In verses 19-20, we see that Joseph always had the bigger picture in mind and truly forgave his brothers because his bad situation turned out to be salvation for countless of people who would have died from the famine. Joseph had to  go through the bad times, which molded him into God’s image to bring about God’s will and glory.

When you see yourself going through tribulation, know that God is in the process of making you ready to accomplish His will that is going to affect many people in your path.

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The Message On The Sand-John 3:16

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John 3:16
16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

GOD is LOVE and love is only seen through the lens of action. God the Father sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to demonstrate a love that is incomprehensible, to die not only for His friends but for His enemies as well. He doesn’t want anyone to die lost (in their sins). My son drew the John 3:16 on the sand unknowingly that Jesus used him to proclaim to those at the beach how much Jesus loves them. The Lord wants people to see the sign on the sand so that they might go out and open up the Word of God to read how much God loves them by discovering that salvation is found in no one else but only in the Jesus which Scripture reveals. 

2 Timothy 3:15-17

15 and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Whenever you have an opportunity to spread the Gospel, do it because the message you leave might be the only one they might see.

The Love Of Christ For All

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love is patient, love is kind.
Love does not envy,
is not boastful, is not conceited,
5 does not act improperly,
is not selfish, is not provoked,
and does not keep a record of wrongs.
6 Love finds no joy in unrighteousness
but rejoices in the truth.
7 It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
13 Now these three remain:
faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.


Love is the quality and character of Jesus Christ. In verse 13, it shows love as the greatest quality because it comprises of the other two. A person who truly loves Jesus has placed their faith in Him and are waiting for the hope (expectation) of His return. 

  • Faith means to trust in Jesus with your whole life

  • Hope is very powerful because it encourages you to continue your walk with the Lord regardless of ANY tribulation one goes through. Knowing that our tribulation is only for a short time because all things will be made new.

    Romans 8:20-21: 20 For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it—in the hope 21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children.

    The creation itself as hope in the sense that it will be remade in perfection (Revelation 21:1) because when Adam sinned, creation was cursed. Just as the creation will be remade so we who are in Christ will receive a new body that will never die so that we may be with Jesus for all eternity. This is our hope.


  • Love means that you are willing to sacrifice your life for the Gospel and Jesus Christ. Love also means that Jesus is always in your mind, thinking what you can do to make Him happy and rejoice. Love is so powerful because it gives you faith to believe in God’s Word and to hope (trust) in His promises. 

 


This is how much Jesus, loves you 

John 3:16 (Emphasis added by SpaniardVIII)

16 “For God loved the world in this way: God is about to disclose His plan that He had before the foundation of the world to show how much He really loves us. He gave His One and Only Son, The Father sends His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ whom He loves very much to punish Him for what we did so that everyone who believes in Him Once God has dealt with our sins than can the doors of heaven be open unto us with the keys, that is, faith in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life. Faith in Jesus will rescue us from eternal torment. Faith in Jesus will wash away all of our sins and make us new so that we can live in heaven with a righteous and Holy God.  As a righteous Judge, He has to punish those who are evil but at the same time, He wants them to come to repentance so they can live with Him in paradise.