Joseph’s father loved him more than all of his children because he was the son of his old age. He made him a multicolored coat. His brothers envied him. Their love turned to hatred and they could not speak peaceably to him. They plotted to kill him but Reuben, the oldest brother prevented them from doing that. He told them to put him in the pit, planning to return Joseph safely to their father. But while he was gone the other brothers decided that they would sell Joseph instead of killing him, “for he is our brother and our flesh”. They didn’t spare his life out of brotherly love but for profit. They sold him for twenty pieces of silver.
The chief priests envied Jesus. They were jealous because He was popular with the people. They plotted to kill Him. There was no love in them. They were filled with envy. Envy consumed and they pushed for Jesus’ crucifixion. Envy consumed Joseph’s brothers and they got rid of him.
“Where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and everything evil are there” (James 3:16). Envy is a source of evil. It was first manifested in Lucifer. It led to his rebellion against God and to his expulsion from heaven. God calls for us to abhor what is evil (Romans 12:9). Abhor envy and do not be overcome by it.
Love rejoices with others when great things happen in their lives. Love does not seek what belongs to someone else. Love does not resent others’ success. Love celebrates life and is content with what it has.