When the unfavored becomes jealous…

By: Lisa Wilmore


…Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him…And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. And they said one to another, behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams (Gen 37: 3-4, 17-20).

My Christian Friends,

Do you have a favorite child, brother, sister, or perhaps, fellow-church member? Do you show partiality to them over others? Well, as mentioned in last week’s article, “believers in Jesus Christ must not show favoritism”.

Today’s message deals with the unfavored and their jealousy. If you have witnessed others receiving favoritism, you may understand the feeling or mood that comes with observing the partiality of others. During our best christian walk, we at times may feel unappreciated, unloved or unaccepted by family members as well as others due to their obvious favoritism of certain individuals. When this type of spirit arises, do you quickly dispel it and pray for God’s spirit to reign instead? One writer records this statement, “left unchecked, jealousy grows quickly and leads to serious sin”. We must always be ready to “put to flight” feelings of jealousy even when we believe it is warranted.

Moses pens in the book of Genesis the account when Joseph’s brothers nurtured deep jealousy which caused them to sin. In the aforementioned text, Israel (Jacob) gives Joseph a special coat made of many colors. Of course, the brothers know that Joseph is favored by their father. This favoritism, which led to jealousy, caused the unfavored brothers to conspire to kill their brother, Joseph. Is it possible to be jealous enough to cause desires in individuals to physically hurt someone? Maybe thoughts about physically hurting someone has not entered our minds, but what about verbal attacks in an attempt to destroy a person’s character? Any negative behavior as a result of jealousy is against God’s standards.

When the unfavored becomes jealous and reacts negatively to the favored, God is not pleased. We as believers in Jesus Christ must continuously check our feelings and state of mind to ensure that we do not harbor jealousy in our hearts.