Christians and the Topic of Jealousy

Christians and the Topic of Jealousy | June's Journal

A friend of mine recently blogged on jealousy. ¬†She addressed people who are jealous (part one) and people are are the object of someone’s jealousy (part two).

One thing I appreciate about my friend’s articles on this topic is her perspective as a professional counselor. ¬†She shed insight as to why humans struggle with jealousy.

Her articles got me thinking about episodes of jealousy I’ve read in the Bible. ¬†For example, Adam & Eve’s son, Cain. ¬†He was so jealous that he killed his brother Adam. ¬† Jealousy separated brothers Jacob and Esau for many years.¬†Then there was Jacob’s sons, Joseph’s jealous brothers who threw their half brother into a pit to leave him for dead, then opted to sell him into slavery. ¬†And let’s not forget King Saul who couldn’t handle David getting more battle props than him. ¬†Even Daniel was¬†thrown into the lion’s den due to jealousy; a whole group of jealous men who tricked King Darius into passing a law in hopes of killing Daniel.

I recall how my pastor used to share “member milestones” from the pulpit. ¬†Things like births, marriages, engagements. ¬†Stuff like that. ¬†He’d always end the happy announcement by saying,

“Now don’t HATE, let’s con-gra-tu-LATE!”

I’d chuckle not realizing then that many people do hate instead of smiling when the Lord blesses others.

Last year I became the object of someone’s jealous attacks, which I’ll tell you is no picnic. ¬†I didn’t want to believe the person was jealous, but the Lord kept using people in my life to confirm the obvious. ¬†What I learned is that insecurity is not just something for jealous people to overcome. Victims must overcome it, too.¬†Victims¬†of jealousy must be secure enough with who they are in Christ not to purposely perform poorly or do anything to¬†sabotage¬†themselves in an effort to appease their jealous attacker(s). ¬†Otherwise they fall prey to the sin of people-pleasing aka¬†idolatry. ¬†This usually happens¬†unconsciously.

Below are several very interesting articles on this topic, all by Christian authors.

http://storify.com/jdphiladelphia/christians-and-the-topic-of-jealousy

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