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Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.  For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.  James 3:13-16 (NKJV)

What do you think of when you hear the word, jealous?  Maybe you conjure up a picture of an over-bearing husband, or insecure housewife initially, or perhaps you may think of someone who speaks badly of another because of a competitive spirit.  And although all of these could very well be the byproduct of jealousy, there is much more to this word. 

To be jealous can be defined as, to be suspicious of rivals, envious, or simply demanding loyalty. In the Bible we see the word jealous being derived from the Greek word, “zelos, dzay´-los;” which speaks of a “bitter envy.”  We are told this type of thinking is not from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic, and where it exists, confusion and EVERY evil thing are there (James 3:14-16). 

And although some might not think of jealousy to be all that bad, in reality, it is just one step away from murder. It starts when we begin to resent a rival, and if we don’t take this thought captive (2 Cor. 10:5) it will then foster our desire for this rival to be removed. Again, if this evil thought is not taken captive and disposed of quickly, it will foster divisive actions, including potentially harming the person through our choice of words, or actions. 

Perhaps you have even been a victim of someone’s jealousy against you. It could have been because of your talents, possessions, position, or strengths intimidated them and they may have found themselves feeling inadequate and focusing on their own shortcomings.  When we find ourselves being attacked because of someone’s jealousy we must continue to be meek, and we must seek to show these people the love of God. We can see the Apostle Paul speaking of this principle in Romans 12.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:14,17-21 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Decide how you are going to act before you are presented with the situation. Continue to study God’s Word so you can know what His perfect will is for you when we are faced with the temptation to act in flesh (Rom. 12:2).

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 12:17-21, how are we to repay those who come against us with evil?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you prepared to repay those who offend you in the way God has commanded?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to guard your heart against becoming jealous of anyone.  When you find someone becoming a rival, make it your goal to begin to seek the Lord’s guidance through His Word, and take every thought captive. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your perfect example of Jesus to show us how we are to act and respond to the actions of others. Help me to know Your will as I read Your Word today. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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