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LEMONS

Bottom Line: God doesn't CAUSE your lemons, but He can cause good to come FROM your lemons.

Reasons you might be wronged:

  • UNMET expectations
  • UNINTENTIONAL actions
  • UNWISE decisions (us or others)
  • UNKIND, UNLOVING or UNFRIENDLY behaviors
  • it could also be a MISUNDERSTANDING that leads to us feeling wronged

God can turn wrongs right

Read Joseph's story in Genesis 37-45


Genesis 45:3-15

Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.


4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.[a]


8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. 9 Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide for you there, because five years of famineare still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’


12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”


14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjaminembraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them.Afterward his brothers talked with him.

For many, the wrongs done to us bring wrong from us


God can turn wrongs right

Genesis 45:7

God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.


Romans 8:28

We know that in all things god works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Ways we can let God turn our wrongs into right:

  1. Stop blaming God for the sin of others against us
  2. Remain faithful even in the face of offenses


No matter what happens TO us God is using it FOR us


God won't make things right if you refuse to release your anger, hurt and bitterness to Him.


Today, you may need to seek God's forgiveness for holding the hurt caused by others against Him.


If we each started seeing the wrongs done to us as opportunities for God to do right through us it would change how we handle the worst things others throw at us.

We want you to know that you matter to God and us.

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