Brotherly Love


Brotherly love. There is nothing quite like it—when it’s good and when it’s bad.

Genesis 33: 4

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

Brotherly love.  There is nothing quite like it—when it’s good and when it’s bad. There is a bond between siblings that no one can duplicate.  But, with this strong love and devotion comes deep hurt and betrayal when a wrong is committed against one another.  Jacob betrayed Esau like no other—he stole his birthright and blessing. In Biblical days, your birthright was all a son had and Jacob stole it from his brother. 

Despite the betrayal, despite the pain, Esau forgave Jacob.  Forgiveness is a choice.  Esau had every right to stay mad at Jacob but he chose to forgive. Jacob did not deserve forgiveness, but he was given it.  Esau was genuine in his forgiveness and because of that, the two brothers were united again.  So many times we think we will not forgive because it lets the other person off the hook, they don’t deserve forgiveness or they should pay for what they did. Choose today to forgive whoever  in your life needs forgiveness from you.  They may not deserve it, but we didn't deserve to be forgiven either—yet Christ forgave us at a very high price. 


Father, Lord, I desire the type of brotherly love that Esau had for Jacob. God, I know forgiveness is a choice and I want the freedom forgiveness brings.  Lord, will You please give me the courage to forgive? Will You heal my heart so it doesn't matter if they “pay” or not?  I want to walk away from this prison I have built myself, but I know I can't do that in my own strength.  I need You.  I need Your love, Your grace and Your mercy. Thank You for Your powerful example of forgiveness in my life, that I may be able to extend that to others.

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