“For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” -James 5:16 (NLT)
Jealousy comes about when you don’t appreciate what you have. When you lack gratitude for what you already have and allow yourself to covet what your fellow brother or sister in Christ have, you are being ungrateful and selfish, and you are sinning against God. When jealousy takes root and you covet what others have, you put yourself in competition with others who aren’t even competing with you, others who may not even know you’re jealous of them. When you allow yourself to be jealous of someone else’s talents and abilities, you are comparing yourself to another. Instead of allowing yourself to be jealous, focus on being grateful for what God has given you and how He designed you. Use what He gave you to bless others, and allow your talents and abilities to progress in growth by using them for His glory and for the furtherance of His Kingdom… If you allow yourself to be jealous and covet what another has, you will not have peace of mind, and you will end up miserable, “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones,” (Proverbs 14:30 NLT).
Godliness with contentment is great gain, and when you mix godliness and contentment with thanksgiving for what you have, jealousy will be squashed. Don’t even give it a little room. Like any other sin, jealousy needs to be confessed and repented of to God. Renew your mind by the reading of His Word, and apply the Word when jealousy arises.
Remember you were designed to be unique, created with purpose and design by God. You are fearfully and wonderfully made complex. Be thankful for what you have which has been given to you by God -talents, abilities, food, shelter, and the like. See yourself as God sees you -worthy and valuable and costly, all because of what Christ did for you at Calvary.
Don’t give the devil a foothold.
Linda A. Knowles