Jealousy will bring out the ugly in people. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end, you know this truth better than most.
Joseph was thrown in the pit, sold into slavery, and taken to a different country all because his brothers were jealous of him. In their resentful state of mind, they didn’t care who they hurt—jealousy never does. It will slant stories and rewrite truths to harm its target.
His brothers even lied to their father, telling him Joseph was dead. They watched their father weep in anguish yet never changed their story. Jealousy hardens a person’s heart and turns their focus inward.
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What did Joseph do next? Did he plot his revenge? Did he simmer in hatred? Did he grow more bitter by the day?
Just the opposite. Joseph remained close to the Lord. And, in due time, God exalted him.
Let jealous tongues say what they will. Know there will always be eager listeners who believe their words. You cannot expend your energy trying to manage another person’s sin. Instead, hold tight to the truth that God is your Defender, and He always has the final say.
Wait for It…
If ever there was a “wait for it” moment, it was when Joseph’s brothers bowed before him. By this time, Joseph was second in command over Egypt—answering only to Pharoah. He held his brothers’ lives in his hand, literally, and could have exacted revenge with a single sentence.
Many would see such a moment as an opportunity for the ultimate payback—the perfect setup for vengeance. But Joseph showed the heart of Christ to the very brothers who once sought to destroy him. He wept over them and kissed them all.
What a demonstration of the love of God.
Joseph proves that we can rise above those who slander our name through jealousy. We can bless the very ones who curse us. And, by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can become a little more like Jesus.
‘…Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)
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