Summary: How Joseph’s life gives us an example of forgiving those in our family

1. The RATIONALE Joseph could have used

A. He was hated (37:1-11)

B. He was misunderstood (37:10)

C. He was mistreated (37:18-28)

D. He was falsely accused (39:7-20)

E. He was forgotten (40:14-15, 23)

2. The REACTION Joseph used

A. He went beyond the call of generosity (42)

B. He fellowshiped with his brothers (43:16-26)

C. He provided for his father and brothers (45:9-11, 16-28)

3. The REASONING Joseph used

A. He saw his situation as an opportunity to glorify God (45:5-8)

B. He recognized that he was not in the position to judge or to be worshiped (50:19)

C. He realized that a higher purpose and plan was being worked out (50:20)

4. The RESULTS Joseph saw

A. God blessed him and made him prosper (39:2-3)

B. God elevated him in success (39:4-6)

C. God blessed others because of Joseph (39:5)

D. God blessed him in difficult situations (39:21-23)

E. God gave him the ability to be used (41:1-44)

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