You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.


Many of us have been unfairly treated, discriminated against, abused, and treated unkindly. Christian Healing Blog volunteers have been recipients of 'bullying' behaviors, even by leaders of faith - based/not for profit, organizations.  And yet the leaders keep their jobs, and those who exhibit righteous behaviors, don't. Our 'old man/false/egoic' self cries out: get revenge, re-pay evil for evil, hope that they fall and suffer, and so on.  A helpful scripture truth to reflect/meditate on for hope and healing, comes from the Book of Genesis.  Joseph, was treated very unfairly and poorly by his brothers earlier in his life. And yet, later on in his life, God accomplished great things through Joseph.  When Joseph came across his brothers later on in his life, he said to his brothers: "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives". (NIV) (Genesis 50:20). Not an easy truth to live out, because emotions are real and can be quite intense. It can be helpful, if not essential/necessary, to pray to the 'Holy Spirit', the 'Helper', for help in living out this truth.