Even though Essau had planned to kill Jacob, Jacob didnt ask to fight his brother back.He asked for favour in his sight instead. His brother was plotting evil, but he returned him good. He didnt pay evil for evil. Jacob sent things along ahead for his brother to have in order that he might find favour in his sight so he doesnt kill him. He repayed good for evil, He showed love instead of fighting back. And yes Jacob found favour in his brothers site as he confessed and acted. His brother had a changed heart. This shows when we show love to those who have agendas their plans wont work. Love conquers all. Yes deep in your hearts there may be pain. But love will heal the soar caused by pain. Jacob repayed evil for good. His brother had a changed heart and indeed he found favour in his sight. And imagine Essau didnt even want the things Jacob wanted to give him anymore. It tells me when we already make up our minds not to revenge, but to love instead, God changes the heart of those who plot evil. Love conquers all.
Yes sometimes its not easy loving those who have wronged you.But hating consumes even more energy and harbours sinful thoughts in your heart which could lead to anger and rage. Jesus still loves us even when we were in sin and unsaved. Regardless of who you are and what you did in the past , its not too late for God to use you. The same love God has shown us even when we were in disobedient should be applied to those who have hurt us. Jacobs intention towards his brother Essau, changed Essau’s heart.
Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”