What does The Bible say about jealousy?

1. Jealousy does not produce unity.

“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not wisdom that comes from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” -James 3:14-16   

Bitter jealousy + selfish ambition. These are the works of Satan only, and if we feed these works, Satan will achieve his ultimate goal: division. The world tells us that we should have this mentality of: “I have to be better” or “I have to be one step ahead of her” which leads us to believe that crushing each other’s spirits is what will make us feel adequate or accomplished. Doing so does not bring each of us together, and I truly believe God has called every woman to work together to stand against the enemy. Jesus gives us so much love that it will fill our hearts completely and we will realize we don’t need competition to make us feel “good”. Jesus has loved us so much, that we have the ability to treat the ‘she we want to be’ as our sister, realizing that she is not our enemy. Satan is always the enemy. So let’s always work to lift and encourage each other, as we have to fight this battle against Satan as true women of God.

2. Jealousy will consume us from the inside out.

“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” -Proverbs 14:30

Jealous will consume us if we let it, but that is only up to us. If we always focus on what someone else has or does, then it creates a hard and ungrateful heart. People want to seem shiny and fun, but we have to realize that is just the outside. If we struggle with jealousy against someone, then they will always seem shinier, but that is only if we obsess over it. People are not shiny, Jesus is. We have to look past all of their possessions, achievements, etc. and realize they are broken just like we are. But, we must never forget they are a child of God, just like we are. God has already given so much with just His Son alone, that I’d say everyone is blessed in some way. If we focus on what God has already done and how He loves us for who we are, then our mindset and perspective shifts to a positive direction. It may seem like she’s living it up, and you’re just simply living, but God has not forgotten you. You may be in a season of waiting, but that is a GOOD thing. That means He’s preparing you and shaping you to be the person to recieve His enormous blessings when HIS time comes.

3. Jealousy only produces bad + ugly.

“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and ever vile practice.” -James 3:16

Nothing fruitful ever comes out of having an envious heart. We must ask God to equip us with the strength to resist the devil, so we can make sure our thoughts don’t bleed out into our actions. Satan wants us to turn against one another, and act out. He will convince you that a hurtful action towards someone, will tear her down and lift you up. This. is. such. a. lie. Those are the “vile practices” that blossom from the tree of envy. We are human, and jealousy is something we’ll more than likely have to face at some point of our lives, but we cannot let it effect the choices we make or negatively influence the relationships around us. Jealousy cannot be avoided, but it can be resisted. 

4. Jealousy is an act of worldliness.

“you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” -1 Corinthians 3:3

This verse reminds us that jealousy is not of God, it is of the world. If we are saved, but have jealousy in our hearts, we must be quick to realize that is an action of the old self. It is a feeling that keeps us from housing the Holy Spirit in our hearts instead. We must ask God to renew our spirits, so that we may better house His holiness.


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