February 5 – The Blessing of Forgiveness

It was a very scary time for Israel (Jacob) and his large traveling family.  Instead of being refreshed by a night of sleep he had just wrestled until dawn.  It must have been encouraging to know God was near him, even blessing him, yet he did not know how Esau would respond to seeing him again.  How relieved Israel must have been when Esau met him with forgiveness.  With a big bear hug and weeping the two powerful men were filled with joy from their reconciliation and were genuinely happy to see each other again.  Israel urged, Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.”  Esau accepted the gift then Israel and his family moved on to settle in Succoth.  How completely wonderful is reconciliation!  God is a God of forgiveness and He must beam with joy when His children forgive one another.  Jesus came so that we could be reconciled to God Himself.  What an amazing gift that is.

Genesis 33:11 NKJV