Conquering Jealousy

  • July 11, 2019
Thursday 11

Psalm 37:1-4

Envy can damage the life of a Christian. A feeling of displeasure about someone else’s good fortune can also harm a believer’s witness, since it often causes people to act out of hostility and bitterness. And the jealous person suffers far more than his or her target.

Before we can rid ourselves of envious feelings, we must be willing to confess we have them in our heart. Like greed, jealousy is an emotion we don’t like to admit we feel, but the Lord already knows. We also must realize that harboring envy is the same as objecting to God’s blessing upon someone else’s life. Regardless of how we try to rationalize such feelings, we are in conflict with the Lord—a person cannot be simultaneously jealous and right with Him.

The surest way to strip away resentment is through prayer. After we’ve confessed to the Lord that we have jealous feelings, we must begin to pray for the other person. Our petition should contain two elements: first, an offering of thanksgiving for the blessings in his or her life, and second, a request that God will place love for the individual in our heart. Initially, praying in this way will no doubt be difficult, but as love grows—and it will—you’ll find the words come more easily and joyfully.

Envy is inappropriate for followers of Christ since it distracts us from the Lord. We have the promise that if we delight in our heavenly Father, He will give us the desires of our heart. So we need to refocus our attention upon Him and what He is doing in our own life.

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1 Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.

2 For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

1 A wise son accepts his father's discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

2 From the fruit of a man's mouth he enjoys good, But the desire of the treacherous is violence.

3 The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.

5 A righteous man hates falsehood, But a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully.

6 Righteousness guards the one whose way is blameless, But wickedness subverts the sinner.

7 There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; Another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.

8 The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, But the poor hears no rebuke.

9 The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked goes out.

10 Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.

11 Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

13 The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death.

15 Good understanding produces favor, But the way of the treacherous is hard.

16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly.

17 A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing.

18 Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.

19 Desire realized is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.

20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

21 Adversity pursues sinners, But the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.

22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

23 Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, But it is swept away by injustice.

24 He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.

1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.

3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod for his back, But the lips of the wise will protect them.

4 Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.

5 A trustworthy witness will not lie, But a false witness utters lies.

6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and finds none, But knowledge is easy to one who has understanding.

7 Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge.

8 The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit.

9 Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will.

10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish.

12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.

14 The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied with his.

15 The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.

16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.

18 The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil will bow down before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.

21 He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.

22 Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.

23 In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.

24 The crown of the wise is their riches, But the folly of fools is foolishness.

25 A truthful witness saves lives, But he who utters lies is treacherous.

26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.

27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, That one may avoid the snares of death.

28 In a multitude of people is a king's glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin.

29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

30 A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones.

31 He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.

32 The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing, But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.

33 Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, But in the hearts of fools it is made known.

34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 The king's favor is toward a servant who acts wisely, But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.

1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.

3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.

4 A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit.

5 A fool rejects his father's discipline, But he who regards reproof is sensible.

6 Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, But trouble is in the income of the wicked.

7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so.

8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves one who pursues righteousness.

10 Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way; He who hates reproof will die.

11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD, How much more the hearts of men!

12 A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, He will not go to the wise.

13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.

14 The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

15 All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

17 Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred.

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.

19 The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.

20 A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.

21 Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, But a man of understanding walks straight.

22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.

23 A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.

25 The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.

26 Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure.

27 He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.

28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

29 The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

30 Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones.

31 He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise.

32 He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.

33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.

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