I have a difficult confession to share today.
Lately I have found myself playing the jealousy game.
And it is wearing. me. out.
She is skinnier than me.
Look at that outfit, she must be rich.
I wish we had a minivan like that. (side note: yes, I’m a dork. I really want a minivan)
I wish our house would sell fast like their’s did.
Why does that blogger always get to go on trips?
Does Satan challenge torment you to a match of jealousy?
For awhile I have let my jealous thoughts come and go as they please. I didn’t even really recognize them jealousy. Instead, I thought I was just “observing” things.
But as I have prayed and asked God to show me sin in my life, my jealousy has come to the forefront of my mind.
God has shown me through His word that jealousy is a sin that impacts my relationship with Him and so many aspects of life. Read these verses:
James 3:14-16 says: But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Galatians 5:19-21: Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Proverbs 14:30: A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot
Clearly, jealousy should have no place in my heart.
And so, every time a jealous thought enters my mind, I flip the thought and give thanks.
Instead of I wish we had a minivan like that, I give thanks for the two paid-off vehicles we have.
Instead of I wish our house would sell fast like their’s did, I praise God for his perfect timing for when we DO sell our house.
Gratitude heals and prevents jealousy.
Do you ever struggle with jealousy? Today, I want to encourage you to pray over the verses in this post and ask God to open your eyes to the many blessings in your life.
You might also check out Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts if you are interested in learning more about living a life of gratitude. I am reading it for the third time right now. I also love this family gratitude journal for cultivating a grateful lifestyle in my family.