Ever wonder what encounters you will meet on your life journey? I’ll introduce you to one encounter that is if you have not already met him, say hello to jealousy.
I watched that spirit rear its ugly self over the weekend. I want to warn you how jealousy, if allowed to fester, will cripple you spiritually. Anything that cripples you spiritually will manifest itself in the natural.
Let’s take a look at this spirit on natural and spiritual level.Dictionary.com defines jealous as, “Feeling resentment against someone because of that person’s rivalry, success, or advantages and characterized by or proceeding from suspicious fears or envious resentment: a jealous rage; jealous intrigues.”
Ask yourself this question, when I look at another person’s success and advantages am I happy for them or am I resentful and envious?
Spiritually, the spirit of jealousy caused Cain to kill his brother Abel (Gen. 4:5), Joseph’s brothers hated him because of the difference their father made between them (Gen 37:4), and then there was Saul’s jealousy toward David (1 Sam. 18:8). Cain, Saul and Joseph’s brothers allowed the spirit of jealousy to take root and it manifested itself in the natural which caused them to act the way they did.
In my own personal life, I have met this spirit and I can tell you from experience if you do not guard your heart it can make you bitter, resentful and you will find yourself putting up walls around your heart. Once these walls have been erected they are not that easy to come down.
When you find yourself faced with jealous attitudes ,God’s, answer is to love that person even more. You cannot love on your own but through Christ you can. Remember that God has blessing for you and you don’t have to be jealous of anyone.