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Genesis 32-33 – How To Replace Bitterness

When you think of Esau, what comes to mind? Maybe it is what the Hebrew writer said right before naming him as godless: “Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and defiling many” (Hebrews 12:15).
Bitterness well describes Esau’s wanting to destroy his brother Jacob (Genesis 27:41). And yet, when he finally has an opportunity for revenge years later against his runaway brother, the bitterness has been displaced by forgiveness (Genesis 32-33).
How? “I have enough, my brother,” Esau replied. “Keep what you have.” (Genesis 33:9). What Jacob had was the result of the stolen blessing. Instead of focusing on what he had lost, Esau focuses on his blessings. That’s how forgiveness replaces bitterness. Learn to forgive by being thankful on how has God blessed us!

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