Nix the Favorites

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

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How has jealousy influenced or impacted your relationships?

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Jealousy is never a good thing, and we see that today in Genesis 37:1-11 (we'll see it even more in tomorrow's reading). We're looking at Joseph's life, and we see that the jealousy of Joseph's brothers started because Jacob played favorites. "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).

This passage definitely shows us that jealously is bad, but the message that impacted me most was how favoritism can create and foster jealousy. Jacob clearly did that here, and we can do the same thing in our roles as a parent, grandparent aunt or uncle, in the workplace as a supervisor, in church as the leader of group, project or class, even between our friends.

So how do we guard against showing favoritism and creating or playing in to jealousy? What did you learn about jealousy from this passage? What will you do in response? Tami W.

P.S. We're starting a new series today on Back to the Bible called Joseph: Making Life Out of Lemons. Join us for some great Bible study!

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