No Respecter of Persons
As another area needing forgiveness let's look at a bad case of sibling rivalry. The story of Joseph and his brothers from Genesis 37 - 50 is one of the most well known in the Bible. It begins with Joseph's 10 older brothers being jealous of him because "Dad liked him best". There is plenty of blame to go around in this story, and plenty of repentance and forgiveness needed.
First, the boys' dad, Jacob, should not have shown preference among his sons. Yet he did it so blatantly that they all recognized it (Genesis 37:3-4). So Jacob, head of the family, is the instigator and definitely at fault. Jacob should have repented and asked his sons' forgiveness.
Second, the older brothers got fed up with the favoritism. Instead of confronting their father about it though, they took it out on Joseph.
Third, Joseph should not have been flaunting his pride of place in front of his brothers, even if he was younger and less responsible than they.
For Reflection: Let's concentrate on Jacob's role today. Is there any place in my life where I have shown favoritism when I should not have? At home? At work? Why am I showing favoritism? (Read James 2:1-13)
Let us pray. Father, thank you for revealing to me where I am showing favoritism. I repent of that and I ask your help in correcting my attitude and my feelings. I ask your forgiveness for treating others unfairly. Please help me to treat them the way you want me to treat them.
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