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Read Introduction to Galatians

 

“…idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies…”

 

jealousies,

“Jealousies” is a strong feeling of resentment against someone else’s success. It is the personal pain of another person’s advantage. People having such feelings resent their friends’ good fortune. They try to equal or surpass their friends. Resentment views all others as rivals. It is a sin of envy. Saul viewed David’s success with jealousy and wanted to kill him. 

“But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul” (Acts 13:45).

“Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy” (Romans 13:13).

“But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there” (James 3:14-16).

Principle:

Jealousy is the desire to outdo other people.

Application:

Jealousies develop between churches when one gets larger than the other. People develop jealousy when someone else has financial success that others do not. They want success for themselves but cannot rejoice in the success of others.

Jealousy is the desire to outdo other people. It is a form of spiritual king of the mountain. You pull down others to lift yourself above them. It is an attempt to outdo others. If you envy how someone dresses, you may try to out-dress her. If someone else can communicate, you try to outtalk them. You want to develop a better personality if they have a wonderful personality.

Some Christians believe that status symbols are more important than God; their identity is in the kind of car they drive. They are more concerned about what others think of them than God may think of them. They strive for a big house in the suburbs that shows their place above others.

“Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.”
(Song of Solomon 8:6).

Jealousy is as cruel as the grave, and we all know how cruel the grave is. The grave does not care if it swallows up a baby, a young person, or a mother. Jealousy will claim us just like the grave. It will strike out at people.

Do you recognize the symptoms of envy in yourself? We permit the very thing we hate in others in ourselves. We deceive ourselves and rename jealousy by some other name that sounds spiritual. We cannot see our harshness and censoriousness in ourselves, but we can see it clearly in other people.

Very few people are quick to admit that they operate in a jealous mode, that they do things and say things because of envy. They are afraid to admit they bought a new car because the other guy in the office bought one. Jealousy is the attempt to surpass others for selfish gain. Sometimes, this type of person pulls others down by petty fault-finding.

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