We have a testimony by Kevin Jones about the men's retreat last month, and he talks about what it means to lose his own father, and how he realizes now how much God as our Father completes the role of father in our lives, so that we are able to cry out, "Abba, Father!". Then Don shares the final episode of the Genesis story as Joseph assures his brothers through tears that he has forgiven his brothers for their awful deed in selling him into slavery, and weeping that they doubt his sincerity. Joseph makes the statement, "You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good."
Listen as Pastor Don expounds the scripture from Genesis and from the letters of Paul. Also, Pastor Corey has a comment near the end of the message.
Genesis 50:15-21 (ESV)
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Philippians 1:6 (ESV and AMP)
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.
Philippians 2:13 (AMP)
[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.