Jealousy. It’s a nasty little word. It’s an ugly hidden sin. You hardly ever know when someone is struggling with jealousy, right? I mean, it’s a sin that’s kept hidden dark on the inside and for some reason, I, personally, have this tendency to believe that I can just push it to a dark corner of my heart, try to ignore it, and think it will just go away…..
The truth is that jealousy is a sin. Against the Holy God. A sin that Christ bore the wrath of God on account of. It is a sin that believers are called to fight. Actively. Pursuing righteousness because we love Jesus and he is deserving of obedience. In this case his word is:
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.”
“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. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.” –Titus 3:3-8
“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
-1 Peter 1:1-3
If you’re like me and find yourself struggling with jealousy, I encourage you to not despair. 2 Peter 1:3-4 says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” Praise God! This sin does not have to conquer us and even greater. If we can defeat it, it is nothing of our own power, strength, or merit. It is only because of the power of JESUS in our life; not our own self will & determination. We must fight to run to him for the grace to change and to fight this sin.
In closing, Christ is calling us to follow him, to love him, to treasure him, to keep our eyes on him, and not to look at how he’s working in somebody else’s life with jealousy. I pray we fight to love Him well.
*scripture is quoted from ESV.