Joseph's Healing of Memories (Part 1)
The story of Joseph is a story of healing of painful memories. As a teenager, his family members - his jealous brothers - hated him so much and plotted to kill him. And they actually sold him into slavery.
It's understandable that Joseph would suffer a time of experiencing emotional baggage and pain from these experiences. In chapters 42, 43, and 45 of Genesis, he was unable to control his weeping when he saw his brothers 22 to 39 years later after the offense! There were emotions related to the memory even after some time.
But Joseph got healed. God's Spirit worked in him to bring healing to his damaged emotions, healing of memories. We learn the following steps from Joseph that led to the healing of his painful memories.
# 1 Share the memory with God.
# 2 Thank God for the gifts and blessings.
# 3 Replace the wound with love.
God stands ready to heal painful memories when we've been hurt. He did it to Joseph. He will and can do the same to you and I.