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Lenten Devotional: Mar 17

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Today’s Texts: Genesis 50:15-26; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Mark 8:11-26

Forgiveness (Genesis 50:15-26)

A person who experiences betrayal will surely be full of hatred. Hatred destroys relationships. The person can experience peace again only after he/she forgives those who did evil against them. Forgiving others is not easy but that is the only way for reconciliation.

The background of Gen 50 is about Joseph who was sold by his own brothers as a slave. Then, he was framed by Potiphar’s wife, put in jail and forgotten by his friends when they were released from prison. Though he went through difficult times Joseph did not choose to hate his brothers or others (v.20-21).

I remember in May 1998 there was an infamous incident that happened in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mobs attacked the Indonesian Chinese descendants. They burned down their businesses, houses, and cars and raped women. The victims were angry yet scared and many decided to flee the country. Many churches and Christians prayed and were convicted that the only way out of their bitterness was to forgive and make peace between the Chinese descendants and the native Indonesians.

This movement of reconciliation has such significance that it became an important factor that lead to the acknowledgement of Indonesian-born Chinese’s presence as a part of the nation. The Indonesian government has now decided to observe Chinese New Year’s day as a national holiday!

During this Lenten week, we are reminded that Jesus came to turn away God’s wrath and reconcile us who sinned against Him. Jesus died so that we are pardoned from the punishment of sin. Our relationship is restored because of His love and sacrifice.

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TImotius Tjing sm

Timotius Tjing was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. Presently he serves at the Indonesian Evangelical Church in Campbell, California.

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