Gen 33:4

4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.


               How joyful it is when brothers are reconciled to one another. Here we see two brothers who had been so at odds that one fled for his life to another land, because the other was contemplating how to murder him yet, now greeting each other in tears; the one who plotted murder against the other running to embrace him now.

Most of us can understand the hostility and un-forgiveness that can erupt from real or perceived injustices done to us. The anger that lies and festers under the surface for days on end, like an infected wound that has quit draining, may look ok but still stinks.

Unfortunately some never know the joy of forgiveness. That is what this verse is showing us. Two brothers who dropped their anger and resentment and were reconciled, we see them so overcome by it that they weep upon each other as they embrace.

We are called as Christians not to be at odds with each other but to be reconciled with one another. We need to live in the joy of forgiveness and not the death of bitterness. Esau and Jacob finally got there can we?


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