1 Samuel 18
Jealousy is an often overlooked sin. It is also accepted by many Christians as a normal way to speak and act. But God describes jealousy and envy as sins which have the capacity to destroy us. What are the main characteristics of jealousy and envy?
- Envy is a sin among equals.
- Envy is sorrow at your success and delight over your misfortune.
- Envy attacks your reputation with half-truths.
How to overcome JEALOUSY
If we want to get rid of the jealousy in our hearts, then we must focus on two main areas.
- Find contentment in how God made you.
- Encourage the good you see in others.
1. Why do you think people never talk about jealousy as a major sin? Envy is such a destructive sin which effects everyone; therefore, it is one of the ten commandments (Exodus 20:17).
2. It appears that jealousy and quarreling are interrelated (James 4:2-3; 1 Corinthians 3:3). Why does jealousy seem to breed strife? Can you think of any examples in your life of how someone who was jealous created a relational problem?
3. Read the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-16). Discuss the jealousy of Cain and also what kind of life he had to live because of his jealous act of murder. Has jealousy ever driven you to do something that you regretted later?
4. When someone allows envy to enter their heart, they open themselves up to every evil practice (James 3:16). What are some ways we can guard our heart from jealousy?
Applying the Bible
5. Are you content with yourself the way God made you (talent, personality, intellect)? Or do you find yourself tearing down others to make yourself feel better? What can you do to show God that you are a unique, unrepeatable miracle of God?
6. Make it a point to always build others up. When you feel a trace of jealousy bleed into your heart, show God that you are thankful for the other person’s gifts by encouraging them.
7. What kind of perspective should we have when we are on social media? Strive to be joyful of others’ good fortune!