Day 6 - They Did What?!
Today we are going to look at some siblings who took a bad turn with one another. Again, try to identify where they went wrong. This will help you as you learn to deal effectively with your own siblings. What was written in the past was written to teach us (Romans 15:4).
Today we will read about Joseph and his brothers. They were a big family, 12 in all. Competition started early on in this family between the adults so sadly these boys were brought up in this kind of environment. Yet even if the sin of favoritism exists outside of our control we must learn to trust God and submit to His bigger plan.
Today we will read from Genesis 37.
1-What is the apparent problem with verse 4?
2-How did this affect their relationships with one another?
3-What does verse 5 describe Joseph’s gift as (This is more difficult to discern if you do not know the entire story)?
4-In verses 10 and 11 what did Joseph’s father do to try to help the situation?
5-What did the brothers end up doing to Joseph?
6-Why do you think this to be the case?
Identify a wonderful strength of your brother or sister and tell them about it. Take time to encourage them in this unique ability. Let them know how you admire it. Make sure you are not jealous in your heart. God made each of us with difference strengths and weaknesses. Encourage their strength today. Try to keep this up.
Monitor again this exchange between your children. Help in any way that is needed. With different personality types this type of thing can look so differently. I have a child with extra sensitive emotions and one that lacks empathy. So these exchanges need to be safe for them both. We want healing to occur not an opportunity for more hurt. Help them understand their differences and help them to be able to relate positively through those differences celebrating the ways that God uniquely created them.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
6:00 AM Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog No comments