When Joseph came home… Genesis 43:26
When the governor arrived, the kindness continued. There was no speaking harshly. Simeon, who had been in custody, was brought out (43:23). Joseph asked about their father, pronounced words of blessing over Benjamin, and brought them into a lavish banquet (Gen. 43:27, 29, 31).
There was a table for Joseph, a separate table for the brothers, and another table for the servants. Reconciliation had not yet taken place. Nonetheless, a remarkable change had already begun. Their consciences had been awakened, and the brothers experienced love and kindness they could not fully understand.
There’s much to learn from Joseph about forgiveness and reconciliation. His kindness came first; their repentance came later. Barriers were being lowered, and hearts were being changed. God loved us while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8). Joseph’s love and kindness reached out to the brothers and led them to repentance.
Think about the many ways you have experienced God’s kindness—your health, work, gifts, and talents. Think about the home you live in, the income you generate, and the lifestyle you are able to sustain. Remember the country where you have known so many blessings and advantages.
Where did these gifts come from? Why are they yours? How are you going to respond to this kindness God has lavished on your life, none of which is yours by right and none of which any of us deserve? “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” (Rom. 2:4).
Have you ever experienced the kindness that leads to repentance? From whom?