“And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.” (Gen 50:17)
Years after Joseph’s brothers had been reunited with him, these men still feared his wrath. In Genesis 50, these grown men thought that now that their father was dead, that Joseph would finally exact revenge on them for what they had done to him all those many years ago.
Joseph had moved on and had lived in joy because he had sincerely forgiven them. They were still stuck in regret and fear. Forgiveness clears the plate and opens the door for reconciliation, joyful service, and fellowship, but only if we accept it.
“as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.” (Ps 103:12)