Content & Forgiving

Learning to be content and forgiving, Esau and Jacob, Esau forgave Jacob, returning good for evil, Romans 12:21
Although Esau failed the marshmallow test (as I previously wrote), he did something very godly later in life.

Before Jacob left his homeland, neither he nor Esau were godly young men. But Jacob caused the most damage in his relationship with Esau by tempting and deceiving him, taking both his birthright and his blessing.(1)

Esau had more reasons to hate Jacob than Jacob had to hate Esau.
But in Genesis 33, when Jacob returns unannounced to his homeland, Scripture says:
"Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept." (v.4).

And when Jacob tried to bribe him with gifts, Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself” (v.9).

Esau was content and forgiving,(2) and he wanted to restore his relationship with Jacob.

Do you need to do likewise in any of your relationships?

(1) God promised Jacob favor, but Jacob and his mother took matters into their own hands and tried to "steal" favor before God gave it. 
(2) Nothing we know about Esau's life is godly except this one incident, but it's an important one.
Reconciliation is not possible unless both parties are willing, but each of us must carefully examine our hearts when a relationship is broken.

You can do a Bite Size Bible Study on this devotion HERE.

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