S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Read Genesis 37 and Matthew 5:21-22
Grace is the vehicle God uses to ensure that we get precisely what we do not deserve.
In a world broken by sin, sometimes bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.
Have you ever experienced the negative impact of “favoritism” in your family or workplace?
What is your greatest temptation when you find yourself overlooked?
Joseph revealed his half-brothers’ bad decisions. Joseph was celebrated openly as the favorite child in a family with multiple wives and competing sons. Joseph had dreams that his family would one day bow at his feet. Within this context, hatred grew deeply in the bitter hearts of competing wives and siblings. Because of the potential consequences, most opted to sell their brother into slavery rather than commit outright murder.
Who are you angry with? Have you allowed God to come close, forgive YOUR sin, and heal your heart—so that you can offer forgiveness to those who have hurt or neglected you?
Lord, teach me to keep my eyes on the empty cross—the place where your Son took my guilt, my shame, and my death. Remind me of the empty tomb and the confidence that because Jesus is alive, and the power that raised him from the dead is at work in me, I get to live a new life! Help me stay free of unforgiveness and bitterness. Fill my heart with compassion and love!