Treating Others with Kindness and Tact

When Joseph told his brothers about a dream as recorded in Genesis 37, they became angry because it portrayed Joseph as ruler over them. Rather than keep the dream to himself or communicate its meaning empathetically, he thoughtlessly bragged how God would bless him more than his brothers.

Jacob aggravated the whole situation by showing favoritism to Joseph. He had been born in Jacob’s old age and Jacob had made a beautiful robe for Joseph. This made Joseph’s brothers jealous and they reacted with outrage because they knew Joseph was the favorite child.

They were also mad at Joseph because he had given their father a bad report about how they tended the flocks. When Jacob told Joseph to check up on his brothers, they took their anger to a different level. They first threw him into a cistern and then sold him to a caravan of Midianites on their way to Egypt (v. 25).

Rather than tell their father what had truly taken place, Jacob’s sons made up a story that a ferocious animal had devoured Jacob. They took his robe, which they had covered with blood as evidence back to their father. When he saw the evidence, Jacob mourned his loss for many days (v. 34). In the meantime, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard (v. 36).

We all have a responsibility for how we react to the bad things others cause in our lives. Ask for God’s help in treating others with kindness and tact. Be inspired by the Creator of the universe; an expansive universe with over 100 billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars. Understand that it is the Creation of people that is His greatest creation of all. See great potential in His people and ask that your words and your thoughts are pleasing.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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