Gen. 42:21-22 - Then they said to one another, "Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us." Reuben answered them, saying, "Did I not tell you, 'Do not sin against the boy; and you would not listen? Now comes the reckoning for his blood." NASU
There had been a famine and Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain. When Joseph sees his brothers he recognizes them but they don't recognize him. Joseph places them in prison and accuses them of being spies.
He leaves them in prison for three days and tells them they must leave one of their brothers in prison, travel home, and bring their younger brother to Egypt to prove they aren't spies.
The two best ways I know to overcome a guilty conscience if you have hurt someone:
After their father, Jacob, dies the brothers send a message to Joseph asking him to forgive them. Gen. 50:16-17 -"Your father charged before he died, saying, 'Thus you shall say to Joseph, "Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong."' And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father."
The brothers asked Joseph for forgiveness and it was granted to them.
I am not perfect now but thank God I am not what I used to be nor am I what I want to be. I want to do what 2 Pet. 3:18 says, "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Christians are like a sign I read that says, "Under Construction: God isn't finished with me yet." We are under construction. God is working on us and will continue to work on us.
People have told you, "Let it go." You wish you could but everything you have tried isn't working.
So what should be done in those situations? I would say, "You need to remember what God has done for you and that is He Has Forgiven You, so forgive yourself."
I like this saying, "When the devil wants to remind you of your past, remind him of his future."
Romans 16:20 - "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you."
If you want to dwell on something then dwell on what God has done for you and what He will do to the devil.
Think About This:
Your conscience is not the voice of God; it is a gift from God.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.