The Cancer Called Jealousy
Posted: Friday, May 8
1 Samuel 2:22-4:22
Verse of the day:
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
I wasn’t allowed to have a cell phone until I was 18. I’m 25 now, so cellphones have been affordable and available for quite some time. I thought any teenager who had a cell phone of their own was so lucky! O, the freedom to talk and text with friends whenever they wanted! To not have to ask friends to borrow theirs to check in with your parents! I’ll admit, there were times when jealousy ran through my blood. Looking back now, of course I understand my parent’s logic on not allowing me to have one. I don’t want my daughter talking with boys late into the night!
The Bible gives us such practical but life changing advice! We would never advise anyone, “You know what would make your life better and more fulfilling? Just add a little more jealousy, resentfulness, and spite into your routine!” Yet, so often we allow and entitle ourselves into feeling these emotions when we see someone else achieving, receiving, or doing what we so deeply want as well. It’s understandable, jealousy comes inherently to us. Our natural selves want #1 to be taken care of - it’s all about me, me, me! But jealousy is like cancer - it will slowly but surely deteriorate and disfigure our hearts, minds, and bodies.
Jealousy does nothing but destroy. There’s nothing redeemable about it, and while it may seem like it’s driving our ambition it’s actually clouding your motives and the potential of reaching your goal. One of the first steps in dealing with jealousy is to acknowledge it. Once you can recognize that jealousy is the root of the emotion, it’s a lot easier to let it go. Ask the Holy Spirit for help to let it go! Proverbs reminds us that a peaceful heart leads to a healthier body and more fulfilling life. Be thankful for who you are and what you have, and be sure to speak out that thankfulness often. Saying it drives it home in our hearts. Do what you can to improve your own circumstances and rely on God to help you with the rest! Life is to precious to be mad at others! Go be healthy and free!