Do you ever struggle with jealousy?
Does envy take over your heart and mind at times?
Jealousy can hit us out of nowhere. Life can feel great and then suddenly – it’s not so great. That’s because jealousy is about so much more than just wanting what someone else has. It is a deep – often secret – emotion that destroys not only relationships but ourselves in the process.
Jealousy tears down so many things in our lives, but I have good news – you can overcome it! Let’s take a look at what God’s Word says.
Here’s 10 Verses for When You Feel Jealous-
1. Love and jealousy don’t go together. Choose love.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant. ~1 Corinthians 13:4
2. Jealousy brings disorder. Once we detect this sin, we must attack it with confession, prayer, scripture and accountability. We must rule over it!
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. ~James 3:16
3. Support the people around you and be happy for them when they receive blessings from God.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. ~Galatians 5:14-15
4. No one else can fix the jealousy that appears in our hearts. God may be using that thing we want, to speak to us and say – “desire me first.”
You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. ~James 4:2-3
5. Be humble. Do not be selfish. Consider other people’s desires and needs and not just your own.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. ~Philippians 2:3
6. A content and satisfied person is not a jealous person.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrews 13:5
7. A woman with a deep walk and trust of God has no need to be jealous of anyone. She knows with confidence that if she is meant to have the thing she desires, God would give it to her.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. ~Psalm 23:1
8. Being envious can affect your health. Being joyful and thankful will bring peace to your life.
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. ~Proverbs 14:30
9. We can’t always help the first time we feel the feelings of jealousy, but we can help the second time we feel this way- shift your mindset.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. ~Colossians 3:2
10. Character is developed in the waiting and not giving in the temptations to covet. Seek God in His Word and allow His fruit to fill you.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23
Jealousy is not from God. It is sin and it’s a lack of trust in God’s will for your life. This is a hard truth right? But we can’t chase after things – we must chase God! Remember, this issue of the heart has nothing to do with others and everything to do with our own character.
Choose to have a grateful heart.
Jealousy sucks the joy, peace, and happiness out of our lives and cannot co-exist with a grateful heart.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18
Let’s choose gratefulness today. Keep walking with the King!
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If you’re looking to study this topic further, I would recommend the book of 1 Samuel. We all have giants in our lives like David did in 1 Samuel. May we remember when we are facing our giants – that no human weapon can stand against our Almighty God that protects us!
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