Genesis 37 provides us with a plot right out of some of the most cantankerous and dysfunctional homes we can think of from a “reality” tv series. You know the ones… They share the worst possible dirty laundry on national tv and then cannot believe it when NO ONE likes them and the public is voting them off as soon as possible. It is a train wreck. And the tv viewing public cannot NOT watch a train wreck.
- Ask God to search our hearts and cleanse us. Doing this enables us to avoid sin “smoldering”. When sin is allowed to sit, it is like a rotten piece of fruit; nothing good comes from it.
- Admit our sin. One of the problems Christians have is admitting they sin. That is a massive problem of ego and pride. We need to admit that what we did was sin. We need to admit that God has shown us our sin. This is a natural healthy process of repentance in the life of a Christian.
- Confess the sin that has been shown in our lives. Ask humbly that God forgives us. Now, this needs to be a sincere event. Many are “sorry” for their sin. As in, they are “sorry” they were caught. We need Christians to be truly repulsed by their own sin. Admit it is sin. Confess that sin before a holy, righteous God and accept that he is faithful to forgive us.
- Realize that people do not always intentionally do things to wrong us. This is key: Do not allow someone else to dictate your feelings. Those feeling you are having are your choice. Let that thought gain a little steam in your heart and mind. I choose to become angry when someone says something to me. No one “made” me get angry. I chose that reaction. You see, at the very heart of this conversation we must realize that we are reacting. We are choosing to react to something. We can either chose to do right, or lead down a path that may lead to corruption.