The One Thing Esau Did Right - A Short Bible Study

This short Bible study discusses the way an unlikely Bible character returned good for evil.

Before doing this study, please read the one-minute introduction: One Thing Esau Did Right. It explains that even though Esau's life was not a good example, he did show grace and forgiveness toward Jacob later in life.

Have you ever had a family member who deceived you and/or mistreated you? 

How can the following Scriptures help you deal with difficult relationships?  

Philippians 4:12-13: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

This short Bible study discusses the way an unlikely Bible character returned good for evil.
While this passage does not directly address relationships, Paul wrote Philippians while he was in prison, and during that time, some professing Christians were trying to stir up trouble for him (Philippians 1:15-21). In Philippians 4:12-13, he is speaking specifically about being content when his basic needs are not met, but the principle applies in all areas of our lives.

When people mistreat us, we should seek our contentment in the Lord, knowing He is able to use bad situations for our good (Romans 8:28).

Romans 12:17-21: “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” 

Obviously, we cannot reconcile with anyone who is unwilling, but it's important that we learn to be content and forgiving. Perhaps this is one of the hardest aspects of our faith in Christ—to return good for evil, to do our best when others are doing their worst, to love when others hate. 

I think you'll find this one-minute devotion helpful: Didn't Want to Do It, but Did It Anyway

Joseph is our perfect example. I encourage you to read this collection of 1-Minute Devotions about Joseph for more insights. 

Copyright 2014, Gail Burton Purath,, edited and updated in 2023

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