In my last post, I said jealousy is a negative emotion. Unlike rejection, jealousy is a feeling of discontentment or dissatisfaction because of what another person has. Jealousy may also mean to view someone else’s success as a threat to your success. It’s to view a person’s favour as a threat to how you will be treated.
You can know that you’re jealous when you’re envious. Another name for jealous is envy. Jealously is a diabolical weapon, which the devil has used and is still using to destroy lives. Many relationships, homes, marriages, employment, opportunities, etc. have been terminated prematurely because of this demonic seed called jealousy
Allowing jealous to dominate or rule your life will result to terrible damages.
- Jealousy Brings Hopelessness and Depression
“Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord. You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed” (Proverbs 23:17-18 NLT).
A Christian should never be envious (jealous) of a sinner. There’s no doubt that the wealth of the wicked will obviously be transferred into the hands of the righteous. Sinners may do things that will give them money quickly, but it won’t last. On the other hand, when the righteous does God’s will, and God blesses him, it will remain. Beloved, don’t envy (or be jealous of) sinners. Your fasting, prayer, reading of the Bible, doing good instead of evil, etc., aren’t all in vain. Your hope won’t be disappointed. You surely have plans, dreams, visions and projects. Nothing shall stop them. They may delay, but shall not be cut off. Don’t allow jealousy to bring hopelessness and depression into your life. Jesus in you is your hope of glory.
- Jealousy Makes You Cruel
“Set me like a seal upon your heart, like a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death; jealousy is as hard and cruel as Sheol (the place of the dead). Its flashes are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame [the very flame of the Lord]!” [Song of Solomon 8:6 Amplified]. Did you hear that?
Jealousy is as hard as a grave. The simple implication of this is that jealousy will add hardness to your life. God’s Word teaches that jealousy is the worst of all: “Wrath is cruel and anger is an overwhelming flood, but who is able to stand before jealousy?” [Proverbs 27:4 Amplified].
The meaning of this Scripture is that with jealousy in your life you’re in the worst possible situation you can be in.
- Jealousy Causes You to Have Limited Power
The limited power comes as a result of the fact that you’ll find yourself always comparing, because jealousy causes a person to live a life of comparison. The attitude of comparing yourself with another person is a lack of wisdom, which, in my opinion, is an indication of lack of understanding.
God’s Word teaches us, however, that “Oh, don’t worry, I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how good they are! Their trouble is that they are only comparing themselves with each other and measuring themselves against their own little ideas. What stupidity” [2 Corinthians 10:12 TLB].
Beloved, jealousy breeds comparison; and every time you compare, you belittle what God has done, and is doing in your life. An attitude of comparison is a sign that you’re not being grateful. Jealousy projects the image of selfishness. Let’s therefore avoid comparison. Learn to be happy with what you have, who you’re; what you’re doing and where you’re: Instead of comparing, becoming jealous, go close to the person whom you think is excelling in life and find out his secret. Learn from it and improve your life.
All these point to the fact that, the presence of jealousy in a life is a sign of carnality.
“For you are still only baby Christians, controlled by your own desires, not God’s. When you are jealous of one another and divide up into quarreling groups, doesn’t that prove you are still babies, wanting your own way? In fact, you are acting like people who don’t belong to the Lord at all” [1 Corinthians 3:3 TLB].
The expression “baby Christians” here designates “carnal Christians”; and carnality means living a flesh or sense-dominated life. By “flesh” I mean a way of thinking that opposes God’s Word, plan and purpose.
Dear friend, the right way to think is to be happy when somebody gets blessed. Rejoice when people succeed. Appreciate people for what they have which you don’t have; for what they’re which you’re not. Such an attitude is likened to sowing a seed which gets you prepared for others to come and rejoice and celebrate with you also when your own turn comes, given that we all have our turns.
However, a life controlled by jealousy will stop you from that expectation. If you allow the devil to bring you down from your exalted position, where you’re seated with Christ far above any other king or ruler or dictator or leader; to operate in jealousy, it means you’re doing what ordinary men do.
Ordinary men are men of this world, whose lives are built based on the standard of the world. Jealousy is a common practice of such men. You’re different, and that’s because of Jesus who lives in you. As a result of your supernatural relationship with Jesus, you’ve been translated from an ordinary man to a supernatural being. You’re from above; that’s what makes you supernatural; and supernatural people aren’t jealous.
- Jealousy Brings Bitterness
The bitterness which is caused by jealousy is responsible for the rottenness of the bones. This results to cancer, stress, and premature death. You can’t move around with bitterness in you without hurting your health. Bitterness is a slow suicide. God’s Word tells us clearly that “And by all means don’t brag about being wise and good if you are bitter and jealous and selfish; that is the worst sort of lie. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, inspired by the devil” [James 3:14-15 TLB].
- Jealousy Brings Confusion
“For wherever there is jealousy or selfish ambition, there will be disorder and every other kind of evil” [James 3:16 TLB].
Jealousy is the potential of every evil work, including confusion. All sort of evil and bad practices come from jealousy. It’s the root of murder, confusion, disorder, uncertainty. It’s the foundation of every evil thing.
In my next post I’m going to share with you on 7 Ways to Win the Fight over Jealousy.
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