You would think Jacob would have known better. He had seen how favoritism could tear apart a family. It was the story of his upbringing in a home where his father favored his brother, Esau, and his mother favored him.
And yet, the only thing Jacob seemed to learn from that was how to play favorites. He did it with his wife Rachel. He did it with his son Joseph. It is no surprise to see the results were the same: a family divided.
It is natural that we learn from Jacob’s mistakes and seek to put the sin of favoritism to death in our families. We should do this. We need to do this. The unity and harmony of our homes depends on it. But as important as that is, there is much more at stake here. As we consider a father’s unequal love for his children, we should be drawn to delight in the Father’s equal and steadfast love for His children. God does not play favorites within His family. All of us who have trusted in Christ are invited to approach God as our loving Father. And as we do, we are to be drawn toward one another as well. We are to seek to love all of our brothers and sisters in Christ as God does, with the love that He gives us. There is no place for partiality within the church, from God or from one another.
How might you be prone to exhibit the sin of favoritism at times toward some of God’s family, either in your heart or through your actions?