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Genesis 37:1-11   Jacob lived in the land of his father's sojournings, in the land of Canaan...

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There is nothing good about jealousy. It's poisonous and spreads like an infection eating away at your heart. And as we jump into the story of Joseph's life and that of his family, one of the first things we see is the damage jealousy causes. Joseph's father, Jacob, didn't employ good judgment when it came to his sons. He played favorites, and that planted the seed for jealousy between Joseph and his brothers. "Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than any other of his sons . . . . [W]hen his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him" (Gen. 37:3-4). 

Life isn't always fair and at some point, if you haven't already, you will either play favorites or be the victim of someone playing favorites. So how do you keep from making the same mistake as Jacob? And on the flip side, how do you keep from giving in to jealousy like Joseph's brothers? Tami W.

P.S. We're starting the series Joseph: Making Life Out of Lemons today on Back to the Bible. Join us for some great life lessons from God's Word!

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