As I was studying the story of Joseph this morning, I was thinking how there was idolatry between Joseph and his earthly father. Genesis 20:3 says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This worshipping another can often come in the guise of parent and child, which can be detrimental to both. There was suffering and separation for both Jacob and Joseph to endure simply because of this affection including the hatred of Joseph’s brothers toward him.
Genesis 37:3-4 reads “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.”
That type of love is more of an obsession than pure Love. We can check this if it takes all our attention from God!