Jealousy Blocks One’s Own Blessing

Sharon Dhinakaran
09 Dec
Dear friends in Christ,
We all are aware of good and bad virtues. The good virtues are honesty, peace, love, truthfulness, etc. and the bad virtues are hatred, anger, jealousy, lying, etc. It’s easy for us to distinguish between them and even spot it out in others. Of these bad virtues, ‘jealousy’ is spoken in various contexts of the Bible and it is necessary for us to be aware of it and to keep us away from it in our spiritual walk with Christ. Scripture says, “ Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other”(Galatians 5:26).
Let me tell you more on this. Jealousy is often the strongest weapon used by Satan, the enemy to disrupt our peaceful and blessed life. It will gradually creep into your hearts and minds and finally, one day will ruin your life. Why are you jealous? There could be several reasons to this. First, maybe your counterpart in workplace got promoted. You could have been in line for that promotion, but you got rejected. Second, often looking at the success of wicked people, righteous ones too become a green-eyed monster and start judging them. But the Bible says, “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong” (Psalm 37:1). You should leave God’s part and just do your bit. 

Jesus too, became the victim of the gruesome act of jealousy, by the leaders of the synagogue and the common people. Jesus went around working wonders and miracles and thus gained popularity. This act of goodness and kindness didn’t go well with the people. Pontius Pilate, who was authorized to pass any judgment, knew for sure that Jesus is innocent. So, the devil didn’t even spare Jesus. Therefore, we all have to be extremely cautious in our lives and not give a chance to Satan to enter our lives. You should always be content with what you have and thank the Lord for it. Do you know when the devil finds his way in your lives? When you stop thanking God and start grumbling for things you don’t own. You start comparing yourselves to others may be, their style of living, rise in their success or even them buying expensive garments. All this, is an easy invite for the devil. It is stated very clearly, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5).

Also, Moses was God’s chosen vessel and God talked to him face to face. His own siblings started to envy him and God didn’t like this attitude towards his servant, Moses. The result being, Miriam his sister was stricken with leprosy. Moses had to pray for her and she received her healing. So, just be content with what you have and be in constant prayer for your needs. 
Almighty God, 
I thank you for all your blessings in my life. Pardon me for all my grumblings against you, my friends and my neighbor. You know what is best for me. I wait for it to receive it at the right time. 
In Jesus’ most precious name I pray. 

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