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Genesis 37:4–11 ‘His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us?”’ (v8)

In today’s reading we see Joseph enjoying his status as set above his brothers, even though he should by birth be near the bottom of the pile. He does not seem to mind telling his brothers how he is so much more important than them. He seems oblivious to their unkind words and the hatred brewing in their hearts.

Joseph clearly sees himself as superior to his brothers, judging himself to be better than them. This judgmental heart spoils his relationships. Even his dad gets annoyed with him, despite him being the favourite son. It is perhaps not a surprise to realise there are lots of verses in the Bible that warn against pride and encourage us to be humble.

One of the difficulties of pride is that often we do not see it ourselves, yet the consequences in our relationships can be devastating. Relationships can break down and hurt can be caused, just as we see in Joseph’s family. Then sometimes, pride causes us to hang on to the hurt and not want to forgive.

Joseph’s brothers do not seem to be seeking to forgive Joseph, so the hatred towards Joseph grew in their hearts.. It seems like a vicious circle – both Joseph and his brothers carrying pride that is having a harmful impact on their relationships.


A Prayer to Make:
‘Lord, show me if I carry pride in my heart, teach me to be humble, and help me to see myself in truth – not higher or lower than who You have created me to be. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
Consider if pride might be having an impact on your relationships, either by your hanging onto hurt or carrying judgment in your heart towards another. Ask yourself how things can begin to be rectified.

Scripture to Consider:
Ps. 101; Prov. 8:10–13, 11:1–6 & 13:10–11; 1 John 2:15–17

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.