Joseph was verbally and physically attacked by his brothers.
They treated him without value, selling him as a slave to slave traders.
The slave traders sold him to Potiphar, the captain of the Egyptian Palace Guard.
Potiphar’s wife took notice of Joseph, desiring a sexual encounter with him.
But Joseph refused.
Why did Joseph refuse to have a sexual encounter with Potiphar’s wife?
The reason for Joseph’s refusal is summed up in these words:
“How could I do this sinful evil against God?
Why Did Judas Commit Suicide?
Why does anyone commit suicide?
People take their lives for several reasons.
Reason #1: To Get Love
Some believe by taking their lives they will get the love they long for from their friends, family, and others.
Reason #2: To Give Others A Chance At Happiness
Some believe by taking their lives they will give those they love a chance at happiness.
They see themselves as the cause of the hurt, pain, and problems in the family, and they believe by taking their lives they will be eliminating the source of the hurt, pain, and problems (themselves) and by doing so give their loved ones a chance at happiness.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be obvious to everyone. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.
Most of us have heard the jingle, “Rain rain go away, come again another day”. And most of us have had these words playing in our minds in some form, “Shame shame go away, don’t ever come back, not any day.” Yet our shame keeps coming back, day after day after day.
Shame is the self-disgust, self-hatred, and self-condemnation we feel toward ourselves for something we have done that we wish we would have never done. In regret, we say demeaning words to ourselves such as,
“I am so dumb.”
“I am so stupid.
“I urge Euodia and Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true yokefellow, to help these women who have labored with me for the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.”
Paul, The Apostle of Grace
In Philippians 4:1, Paul concluded his message about the righteousness that comes by faith alone in Jesus alone, telling the Philippian believers: “that is how you must stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.” Paul’s heart was to see them stand firm in what the Lord had done for them, receiving his righteousness by faith, rather than seeking to achieve righteousness through the religious and moral works put forth by the false teachers, whom Paul called “dogs, those workers of evil, those mutilators of the flesh!
Most, if not all of us, have said the following to God, "God, I just don't understand." The reason we have said this to God is because something has happened, or didn't happen, that we don't understand.
Maybe this is you.
You have said to God, "God, I just don't understand."
Your heart is hurting. Your mind is confused.
You were told by your Pastor, Bible teacher, small group leader, mentor, or friend that through your faith, through your right believing in the finished work of Jesus, God would bless you with a better job, a restored marriage, a healed body.
There is a color in my mind that is so beautiful that it can only be named Grace. And I want to paint the world with this color.
David had never heard about grace. But grace was the one thing he needed to hear about the most. You see, David was broken and bruised. He was hurting and hopeless. He was in pain and a prisoner. He was in darkness and death. He was a sheep without a shepherd.
David was in desperate need of grace.
Jesus came to heal the broken and bruised, the hurting and hopeless, and the prisoner in pain.
You have prayed for years. You have believed for years. You have had faith for years. Still everything in your life continues to spiral down.
You sought God. You gave your life to God. You asked God for guidance. You asked God for provision. And everything falls apart.
You trusted in God's word that he rewards those who diligently seek him. Yet, rather than reward, you received hurt and pain.
Now you are left with your faith shattered. Your heart hurting. Your hope diminished.
Words are powerful. According to Proverbs, our words bring
life or death, hurt or healing. The prodigal’s father understood the power of
words. When the prodigal son returned home bruised and broken by sin, his
father spoke the powerful healing words of grace to him.
“Quick! Bring the best
robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring
the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son
of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found
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