January 12 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that grabbed me today was Genesis 33:4, which says, “Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept.”

In chapter 27 of Genesis, Issac’s son Jacob tricked him, with his mother Rebekah’s help, and stole the blessing that rightfully belonged to his brother Esau.

Esau threatened to kill Jacob, so Jacob fled their home and went to live with his Uncle Laban in a different place.

Many years later, God told Jacob to return home. But he was fearful that his brother Esau would still be angry and wish to harm him.

Instead, Esau “ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him.”

There are few things more powerful than forgiveness.

It literally sets us free from the dark power of anger and hatred, which will eat us alive if we let them.

One of the wisest sayings I’ve heard said is, “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison, and expecting the other person to die.”

Let God free you from the shackles of unforgiveness, and unburden your heart.

Forgive.

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Today’s reading: Genesis 32:1-35:27
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 36:1-43; 1 Chronicles 1:35-2:2

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