1 Corinthians 13 says, Love suffers long and is kind. One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story about Joseph, a highly favored, younger son, who truly suffered long and responded—in the end—with unconditional, amazing love.
Throughout my journey with him, I’ve learned God can take anything — even that terrible, horrible thing that happened to you or to someone you love — and use it for His goodness and glory.
Joseph’s ten older brothers were so jealous of him, they plotted to get rid of him (one even planned to kill him). They sold him into slavery and told their father a wild animal killed his favorite son. They even took the coat their father had made for Joseph, soaked it in the blood of an animal and presented it to their father as proof to back their story. You can read the full account in Genesis 37.
What was the catalyst that provoked Joseph’s brothers, you ask? Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers. In his dream he shared who his brothers would bow down to him, and with that the Bible says they hated him even more.
But God, through the actions of Joseph’s jealous brothers, was able to save Joseph’s family during the years of famine that ravaged his nation many years later. After betrayal, slavery, prison, and finally finding his God-given place in a foreign land, Joseph’s ability to love and forgive his brothers in spite of all he’d been through at their hand gave life to his family and all of Israel.
Who do you need to respond to with unconditional, amazing love? Are you finding it difficult? Ask God today to show you how, and expect Him to take something once painful and use it for His goodness and glory.
 Genesis 37:5