Punished by Guilt


  1. Ten older brothers had good reason to feel the weight of guilt (37:17-35).
    • How could you sell your little brother as a slave to your cousins ?
    • How could you stand to see your father’s tears because of your actions and your lies?
  2. They had suffered with their own guilt for over 20 years (42:13-24).
    • What could they have done to rid themselves of their guilt? (I John 1:8-10)
    • What can we do to rid ourselves of our guilt? (James 5:16)
  3. They were terrified when they realized who Joseph was (45:3-15).
    • Why would they be terrorized when they saw their brother as a ruler of Egypt?
    • How can we protect our hearts from the terror of guilt?
    • How have we allowed our guilt to terrorize us?
  4. After 17 years of forgiveness and favor they still felt guilt (50:15-18).
    • What good reasons did they have to accept Joseph’s forgiveness?
    • What good reasons do we have to accept God’s forgiveness? (Romans 5:6-11)
  5. God always strives to save us from our own guilt (50:19-21).
    • What assurance does God make available to you? (Hebrews 8:12)
    • Do you have the assurance that God wants you to have? (I John 5:13)

Call to Action: To purposely allow God to free you from your self-imposed guilt.


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