The following devotions I wrote for a series on the Prodigal Son at the Cove Church.
Most siblings can relate to the feeling that they’ve been slighted or loved a little less by their parents at times. This is common and part of our human nature. However, human nature and God’s nature are different. As His children, we’ve been taught to put off the old self and the old way of thinking and put on the new Christ-like way of thinking. The older brother in the prodigal story reminds me of Joseph’s older brothers (Genesis, chapter 37). They were jealous of their dad Jacob’s love for him and plotted to kill Joseph. Instead they sold him into slavery, leading Jacob to believe he had been killed. Jealousy is rooted in selfishness. To overcome feelings of jealousy in any relationship, we must take off the garment of self and allow God to clothe us with His righteousness. If we are being guided by the Holy Spirit, our minds are renewed and selfishness is replaced with selflessness.
Read: Ephesians 4:20-28; Galatians 3:26-27; Isaiah 61:10; Romans 12:2