Genesis chapter 33
- Remember all the livestock and gifts Jacob had sent to his brother Esau to earn favor in his eyes? Notice the warm embrace Esau gave Jacob. There were many reasons for Esau to be mad at Jacob and no one would have blamed him for holding a grudge.
- However, Esau clearly forgives his brother and embraces him like long loss family.
- But notice that Jacob still didn’t trust Esau (or God’s protection) and went elsewhere to set up house. This will be fleshed out more later.
Forgiveness is the tone of this chapter. Like I said Esau had many legitimate reasons to be mad at his brother but he wasn’t. God had blessed both brothers as he promised and Esau didn’t take the gifts offered to him until Jacob insisted. Do you have anyone you need to forgive today? You may have a good reason to be angry but it’s always better for us to forgive. Bitterness can eat us away from the inside out. Ask God to help you be quick to forgive.