Based on Joseph’s response to his brothers, let’s look at Romans 12:19-21: “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”. Below are some learning points for us:
- We should not replace God’s role at any time when it comes to striking back at others who have harmed us.
- We need to love and forgive our enemies as Christ has taught us (Matt. 5:43-44; 6:14-15)
- We need to move beyond forgiveness and show our love in action by providing for the needs of our enemies as Joseph had done for his brothers.