All of us have our vulnerabilities. We all have those weaknesses that we will constantly have to battle against. Pride, insecurity, anger, and the list goes on. We shouldn’t downplay any of them because they all have the potential to limit us in life, but this morning my heart is on jealousy.
“Who can stand before jealousy?” Proverbs 27:4
Jealousy left unattended is dangerous. If jealousy is not an issue for you, be grateful but be compassionate towards those that do struggle with it. Who decides what our vulnerabilities will be? Some things we come into this world with without any input of our own.
Jealousy tears families apart, jealousy kills, jealousy gossips, jealousy assassinates characters- Jealousy steals your peace. Jealousy leaves you feeling as if you are never enough- And never will be. Jealousy causes you to hate- Even hate those who love you. Jealousy is no respector of persons. Jealousy is real between mother and daughter, sister to sister. Jealousy runs rampant among women- even the beautiful. Jealousy is not moved by appearances- it simply seeks a vulnerable heart.
Jealousy destroys. Jealousy destroys relationships. If you let it, jealousy will destroy you.
How can we overcome jealousy?
First of all, we must be honest. We must be honest about those thing that we struggle with in order to overcome them. There is no way you can overcome anything by ignoring it. And don’t underestimate its power. Be honest and fight it.
As Christians, we have One who is more powerful than us that we can rely on. “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” – Galatians 5:25-26.
No matter how we feel, we must: “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21