“For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.”
James 3:15-16, NLT
Someone once said that jealousy occurs when we object to God’s goodness in the lives of others while ignoring His goodness in our own. This is absolutely correct. Jealousy alters how you see and interact with others, as well as your perception of God.
Jealousy, like a virus, causes great torment and unhappiness in its host, frequently leading to other acts of wickedness such as strife, malicious gossip, theft, adultery, and even murder. Consider the story of Cain and Abel. The first murder and fratricide in human history were caused by a man’s jealousy of his own brother.
The story of King Saul and David is another example of jealousy’s devastating effects. According to 1 Samuel 18:9, Saul was jealous of David and even threw a spear at him twice! He pursued David and attempted to kill him several times. Indeed, the book of 1 Samuel records Saul’s numerous assassination attempts on David from chapters 18 to 31. According to the Bible, He “remained David’s enemy for the rest of his life.” (1 Samuel 18:29). Can you imagine that?
Jealousy is one of the many works of the flesh mentioned in the Scriptures, so we know it must not be heard among us as believers who carry God’s spirit (1 Corinthians 3:1-3, Proverbs 14:30). It is best if you deal with jealousy before it deals with you. The first step is to admit that you are struggling with it. Instead of trying to hide your feelings of jealousy, be open about them.
James 3:14 (NLT) says, “But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.”
Trying to overcome jealousy without God’s help is a fruitless endeavor. As a result, you must also take it to the Lord. Ask Him to assist you in prayer. Submit yourself to His accountability system and healing process. (Psalms 139:23-24) Next is to count your blessings; this encourages gratitude. Psalms 103:2 urges us to “praise the Lord,” and “not forget all His benefits.” Even if you feel like you have no blessings to count, remember that God’s will for you in Christ Jesus is to give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Finally, learn to be content with what you have and where you are, while celebrating the success of others. The root of envy is discontentedness, and comparison is the thief of joy. Train yourself to appreciate your ‘little,’ and to be genuinely happy for others. Remember that you are called to a life of love, and love does not envy. This year, do not let jealousy thrive in your life.
Bible Reading Plan: Job 41-42