“But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and lie in defiance of this truth… For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.” James 3:14, 16 HCSB
“The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.” William Penn*
The Lord wants our lives and ministries to thrive. He has gifted each of us with talents and spiritual gifts in order to serve Him and enjoy life. Satan wants to destroy our lives and ministries. He knows that if we are jealous of others that we are bound to create disorder in our own lives. He understands that selfish ambition partnered with envy can lead to every type of evil.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to embrace something that is going to lead to every kind of evil. I want to run from it.
God knows what we are thinking. He knows when we are inwardly burning with jealousy. Since we can’t hide it from the Lord, we might as well confess it to Him and ask Him to help us overcome our jealousy.
Lord, help us stay far away from jealousy.