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Genesis 42:8–23 ‘Surely we are being punished because of our brother.’ (v21)

Not recognising Joseph, the brothers immediately think that his accusing them of being spies it is punishment for their past sins. It seems the brothers regret what they did to their brother and feel guilty about it. The weight of guilt and shame can be a heavy burden to carry.

However, the good news is that because of the cross and the victory won there over sin and death, we can live a guilt-free life no matter what we have done. What freedom is ours if we but believe! It can be tempting to think that we have to earn our freedom in some way, but Christ has paid the cost in full.

Perhaps we think that our sin is too great to be forgiven, so we do not forgive ourselves. But that cry of Christ on the cross – ‘It is finished’ – tells us there is no sin too bad to be forgiven. With heartfelt repentance comes the hope of eternal life. We do not have to carry the burden of our sin any more – we are forgiven. The cross is enough for the most holy God to be satisfied that the price of our sin has been paid in full.


A Prayer to Make:
‘Lord, help me to hold on the truth of Your Word that there is no condemnation in Christ. Even when I feel guilty, I can know Your freedom in my heart. Amen.’

An Action to Take:
List any regrets you have and then bring them in prayer before the throne of grace.

Scripture to Consider:
Ps. 38:1–4; Rom. 5:15–18 & 8:1–4; Gal. 5:1–6; Eph. 3:7–12

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.