Tuesday, 3 November 2015

J = Jealousy


Yup, the green-eyed monster!  Jealousy is not called a monster because it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Nope, its called a monster because it brings the worst out in a person.

The dictionary defines jealousy like this:
[jel-uh-see]
noun, plural jealousies for 4.
  1. Jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself. 
  2. Mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc.,as in love or aims. 
  3. Vigilance in maintaining or guarding something. 
  4. jealous feeling, disposition, state, or mood.
Ummm, nothing good there right?!

There are many scriptures in the Word that talk about jealousy:
  • 1 Corinth 3v3: for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
  • Gal 5 v 26: Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
  • James 3:16  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice
  • Proverbs 14:30:  A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
  • Gal 5 v 19-21:  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Jealousy, human jealousy, is not of God.  It hurts the person who is jealous and leads only to more anger, resentment and dissatisfaction with their own lives and the circle just becomes more vicious.  The person to whom the jealousy is aimed is often not even aware of it.


There have been times (I'm ashamed to say) when I have felt resentful towards others but not because of what they have.  More because it "appears" they are sailing through their lives with smiles on their faces and at that moment, in my life, everything feels as if I'm on a sinking ship.  I have learnt that often that is not the case.  They are smiling through their own pain, fear, or difficult circumstance.   

It is much better to focus on the Lord, and not on how others appear to be doing!  Only they and the Lord know their true circumstances.  In focusing on the Lord... you start to learn the art of thanksgiving, letting go of stuff you can do nothing about, gratefulness, and contentment.  Another great way of dealing with resentments and jealousies is to help someone.  Ask the Lord to show you someone who you can uplift, encourage, share a burden with... Doing something like that often opens your eyes to what that person may be going through.

My encouragement to you is to examine your heart and make sure the green-eyed monster does not have residence anywhere in it!  Make sure it has no licence to be there!  And if it is, kick it out and replace it with the fruit of the spirit: Gal 5 v 22-23: (22) But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23)  gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

God bless
Tracy

#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe the Lord is showing me that jealousy must hold no place in my heart and in my emotions.  I need to fill every available space in my heart with His Spirit and the result will be love, joy, peace, patience, long-suffering, self-control, etc!  Complete opposites of the soul destroying green-eyed monster!



14 comments:

  1. Such wisdom in your post and may the green eyed monster keep far away from us all. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. Hi Hazel, thank you, and yes, may the green-eyed monster be forever banished!
      God bless

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  2. Haha, the green eyed monster indeed, it can creep up on us.... jealousy is bad for our health, I try to keep it away as far as possible. Great post, thanks Tracy.

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    1. Hi Marja, yes he does creep up on us occasionally. The thing is to recognise him and blitz him by thankfulness and contentment!!!
      God bless

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  3. It is so easy to get caught up in this trap. Thank you for exposing it, Tracy. Have a blessed day!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, you have a blessed day to sweet lady!
      God bless

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  4. Tracy, much wisdom is in this post. Grateful you shared. We both continue to learn about our oneword365 as that is what I also wrote about today :) May we continue to learn all that the Lord is looking to teach us. Blessings!

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    1. Hi Joanne, I will be popping over to see your post shortly :)
      God bless

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  5. You shared truthfully and you shared beautifully. Touching hearts and spirits turning deeper and stronger into the Lord. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Caryjo, thank you, such sweet words! I appreciate them.
      God bless

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  6. Oh, I've NEVER experienced jealousy before ;) ha! yeah right!

    It's so easy to get caught up into isn't it?

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    1. Hi Alecia, lol, me either ha! yes it is easy to get caught up in it all, especially when we get discontent with where we are in our lives. The secret, contentment and thankfulness!
      God bless

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  7. Yes, Tracy, much wisdom here!

    I remember the scene when Peter asks Jesus about John's future (from John 21). I love the Lord's response, as it speaks to me when I find myself looking around at the lives of others and getting caught up in the comparison game:

    "Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved...Peter asked Jesus, 'What about him, Lord?'
    Jesus replied, 'If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.'"

    It's that last statement that I hear the Lord saying to me all the time.

    As for you, YOU follow Me!!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, such a great truth here. We should be concerned only about where we are, not where others are in terms of things and aspirations. Great point
      God bless

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