Thursday, October 17, 2013

Being Jealous...

We often hear it and sometimes even say, "I'm so jealous". It's often said in fun, but more often than not there's some truth behind saying it. Jealousy is one of the most dangerous things anyone could face. It's subtle, often slips in unnoticed, and is one of the most destructive things in life. Jealousy means, "Having resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success, or against another's success. It's a mental uneasiness that comes from suspicion or fear of rivalry or unfaithfulness." I don't know how anyone could joke about something so serious. James 3:16 warns us, "For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind." I don't know about you but I don't want disorder and every kind of evil in my life. Everyone has to be on the alert against allowing jealousy to worm its way in. All it takes is you cracking the door and in it will pour. Jealousy is one of the most wicked traps the devil uses, but there is a way to defeat it. There are several things I do when I feel jealousy is trying to make a move in my life. Firstly, I run to the Lord and thank Him. He is my sustainer, provider and source. Secondly, I get my focus off myself and onto others. If I focus too much on myself jealousy will always be knocking on my door. And lastly, stop comparing yourself to others and what they have or get to do. For me, these are simple and effective in crushing jealousy. I'm not willing to allow jealousy to have even an inch in my life. Yes it may seem like a small thing and even fun to joke about, but the reality of it is that it's dangerous and very destructive. 

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