One glass of poison please

The next line in 1st Corinthians 13: 4-8 is this “Love… does not envy”

This is a biggie in my opinion now you might say “I’m not the jealous type so this has nothing to with me.” The dictionary definition of envy is “Painful or resentful awareness of another’s advantages”

Do you immediately think of someone when you read this? Miss or Mister “Perfect” the person who always gets what they want, and they make sure you know just how happy they are?

Let me tell you a secret… no one is perfect. Shocking, I know. I believe God gave us rules (if you want to call them that) for our benefit. Jealousy is dirty and damaging. It can and will eat you up inside! The 10th commandment is “You shall not covet.”

Isn’t that what jealousy or envy is? Being painfully aware of someone’s seemingly better situation and getting angry that our personal bubble isn’t as shiny as theirs? Don’t drink the poison and become a little green monster walking around bitter and unhappy with your situation!

Jealousy hurts one person, you. The person you are jealous of doesn’t care; in fact they probably like it that way. You are giving them permission to think they are better than you.

Now the problem I see, in myself and most teenagers and even adults is they can’t admit to themselves they are jealous. I don’t want to sound like a commercial for rehab but admitting your jealous is the first step!

God knew that with diversity there would be jealousy, as humans we are different and very competitive!

But the bible says plainly “Love does not envy.” If we love our brothers like it says in 1st John 4:9-11 (“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an anointing sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”) Then we couldn’t possibly be jealous of them, rather we would rejoice with their advantages!

God wants us to be happy, how can we be if we spend all our time getting angry about this person. Jealousy is often driven by insecurities. If we could just be secure in who God made us and know we are worth so much to him, and then someone having a different strength than us would be solely viewed as another gift for the kingdom!

Are you loving your brothers and sisters in Christ with a Love that does not envy? Or are you getting eaten up inside by jealousy and insecurities?

 

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  1. “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” – (Proverbs 14:30) Envy is a dangerous road to travel. It harms and makes the person unbearable to be around. Desperation isn’t far behind and things get worse from there. The best thing is to cut it off right at the beginning and avoid all of these things you are talking about here.

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  2. Gma

     /  May 1, 2012

    Green eyed.
    Focused on without
    rather that within.
    Diminishing our very gifts.
    Our special, one-of-a-kind-ness.
    It’s just what the enemy ordered.

    Right-on, Pnut.
    Revel in our uniqueness-
    For, indeed, there is but one.

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  3. Michele (Psalm 150)

     /  May 4, 2012

    Like Mother like daughter!!!!!!!
    We are all blessed by both of your abilities to put pen to paper.

    I am jealous; but the blessing for me is that I can always read your words and feel lifted because of them.

    Love to all, I miss seeing you!

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