JOSHUA’S NOTE – Rivalry: Broken Brotherhood (Genesis 37:1-11)
Be the living expression of God’s kindness.
Neither Joseph nor Jacob understood the depth of the brothers’ hatred. That jealousy, and the strange blindness of Joseph and Jacob to it, changed the family’s destiny.
Hold your temper and have the good sense to distinguish an insult from a warning.
Even though Joseph was mistreated, he maintained a humble spirit and tender heart.
“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches”. Joseph means increase, and Joseph did live up to his name.
Families are God’s primary way of shaping and revealing our character.
Don’t let failure go to your heart, or success go to your head.
One of the worst things you can get from a less-than-perfect family is a negative attitude towards life.
Good communication keeps doors open, but bad communication may end up shutting and lock up the door.
A controlled temper and a respectful tone allows for a better chance at conflict resolution.
Sin is messed up heart, twisted values and complete moral disorder. A.k.a “Unfaith”, “unlove”, and “unlife”. It is an offense against the God of order, beauty and justice.
Joseph’s story proves that God can use even an angry family for his good. But do all you can to keep your family relationships healthy.
Learn from Joseph, a good dose of forgiveness can work miracles.