"What if Joseph pays us back in full for all the wrong we did to him?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 50:15-21

After their father died, the brothers of Joseph ask themselves, “What will Joseph do to us now? They were gripped by fear and remorse. The fear people have of God punishing them for their sins can be as intensive as the brothers’ question.

I remember an experience I had as a fledgling seminary student. A long-time friend and Sunday school teacher was about to die. He had been an elder in my church. When I called on him, we talked about his Christian life and all he did in the church. Then he asked me this shocking question, “Do you think I’m good enough to go to heaven?” I thought, “Why can’t he find comfort in Christ’s forgiveness?”

Since then I have found that this question is asked by many Christians. They fear that God will hold a grudge and punish them when life is over. Will he?

The apostle Paul found comfort in Christ’s death and resurrection when he said, “I know whom I have believed and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). That day is the day of judgment. What do we entrust? All our sins! Are we forgiven? Yes! Will he hold a grudge? No! Jesus weeps for us as Joseph did for his treacherous brothers.


Thank you, Lord, for assuring us that you will hold nothing against us when we meet you in eternity if our faith is in you. Amen.