Posts Tagged ‘jealousy’

  

“Behold, I am vile…I lay my hand over my mouth. I have uttered what I did not understand…therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job‬ 40‬:‭4‬; 42:3,6 NKJV)

Francois Fénelon describes self-righteousness thus: 

“[We] start to mistreat the people we are secretly jealous of. Jealousy, hidden in your deepest inner folds, exaggerates the least faults of others. Then come the disguised criticisms. You deceive yourself in order to justify yourself. There is no end to the excuses we come up with. Even your outrage at the faults of others is a great fault. Don’t you see your own wretchedness? It would certainly level your self-righteousness to the ground.”

Job demonstrates the escape from the jail of self-righteousness. Instead of judging the leaders of his land that were less righteous than he, instead of despising the friends that hurt him wrongly, he instead allowed God to show him his own faults and bring personal revelation: We Are No Better Than They. He repents of presumption, adopts grace toward others, and allows God to keep him truly righteous. 

When we forgive out of the shame of our arrogance and in the joy of being truly forgiven ourselves, we sever the root of self-righteousness. You are only good because of God! Be free and sweet through grace! You are loved! 

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Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalms‬ ‭37‬:‭1, 4‬ NLT)

In a joint study between the Universities of Florida and Virginia, researchers got couples to perform a series of five tasks focusing on social or intellectual achievements. They found that while successful results for the male partner made both participants feel happy, successful results for the female partner transformed her boyfriend into a seething bundle of hate. In the afterglow of their partners’ success, most men saw their self-esteem plummet, even if the two had not been in direct competition during the task. The outcome: Envy makes for lousy relationships!

It’s hard not to envy others that seem to have it all. As Christians, we can easily develop a “victim mentality”, that it’s God’s fault for not blessing our faithfulness the way Satan is blessing those blasphemous pagans, or some such silliness as that. We regret our sacrifice and commitment because we want “stuff”, forgetting in our state of misplaced melancholy that the only reward those without God get IS in this life, with a horrible pricetag to pay later.

Avoid the trap of envy, even of the lives of other believers. God gives you what He knows you can safely manage! Be faithful with what you have and more will be provided when God knows He can trust you! Faithfulness always leads to blessings! You are loved today! Behave!