After Joseph was betrayed horrifically by his brothers, I was amazed and challenged by his attitude. After being sold as a slave because of their jealousy, Joseph finds himself second in charge over all of Egypt and after his father dies, his brothers begs for forgiveness.
Joseph’s response is surprising, “Don’t be afraid. Do I act for God? Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I’ll take care of you and your children.” (Genesis 50:19-20, MSG)
It is not my job to judge anyone, even those who hurt, deceive an stab me in the back. That’s Gods job. The only thing I am required to do is forgive and to continue to forgive and forgive some more. It’s easy to look down on others based on their looks, actions, relationships, attitudes, clothes, wealth (or lack of), belongings, technology, beliefs, words, hobbies, talents, accidents and deliberate wrong doings. The list goes on. However, I find it refreshing that it’s not up to me to "make sure justice is done” – the only one who should be doing that is out loving, merciful and gracious creator.
Forgive, don’t judge – pretty please.