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Genesis 42:18-43:34

A particular verse has not jumped out at me today but what has caught my eye is a state of mind has guilt. Joseph’s brothers are totally filled with guilt and thus paranoid. They consistently second guess and put a “spin” on every misstep they make with this unknown ruler. Unknown to them but they are known to him.

They said to one other, "Surely we're being punished because of our brother, because we saw how distressed he was when he cried to us for mercy, but we refused to listen. That is why this distress has come on us!"
(Genesis 42:21 NET.)

Twenty plus years loaded with guilt times ten. This is a picture of man outside of Jesus Christ spinning the events of their lives trying to get a hold of their culpability by any means necessary. However, unless man deals in Truth, guilt, whether true guilt or false, guilt will remain burdening the carrier.

By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man--not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.
(Proverbs 16:6 AMP)

Jesus calls to everyone to exchange the yoke of guilt to His yoke.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. [Jer. 6:16.] For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
(Matthew 11:28-30 AMP)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I had a friend who told me there was no GOD and I was basically stupid for believing. I haven't seen him since he told me this. We ended this conversation in a shouting match. I really didn't handle it well but I don't think I need friends like him. That was two years ago !! Haven't seen him since.

Based on my comments above in Matthew, have you ever lost some "honor" with your friends or family as you've moved forward in your faith? Yes, when my mom died, some of my out of towners family, they were picking and talking about me to me sisters, basically saying I dress so dreary or so covered. That is just how I am, and my sisters told them the same thing. I didn't go out and party like some did, I stayed in home and got married and try daily now to be best wife and mother I can be. If you did lose honor with your friends did you gain honor with God? Yes, I believe he watches out for us and guides us into the paths we should take, if we let Him. Do you think you sometimes base your decisions more on what other people will think? sometimes, especially at school and especially after listening to a teacher. Tables do turn some. Or do you base your decisions on what God will think? At times in your faith walk have you had to distance yourself from some old friends so that you can move forward in your faith walk? Has this been hard? Has it been worth it? Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today's readings? Please post up by clicking on th

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