I found this quote while doing some research in Logos for my Romans class, I couldn’t help but feel pity and sadness for him, whoever he is… To have such envy and jealousy that it tears him up inside, that something dies in him, but then I thought it’s a heart issue isn’t it? Its pride to the utmost, it’s everything the bible says not to do. You see “Love is not jealous” 1 Corinthians 13:4
Where was jealousy in the bible?
Probably the greatest act of jealousy in the bible in my opinion is when Herod had all the baby boys 2 years and under killed so Jesus wouldn’t gain access to what he had, then there was Cain who murdered Able because of jealousy and why? Because Able’s deeds were righteous 1 John 3:12.
Even Miriam and Aaron were jealous of Moses in Numbers 12:1-9. Then Saul was jealous of David to the point of wanting him dead 1 Samuel 18:8. Then the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15 was jealous of the younger. We can’t forget Joseph brothers can we? So many more people in that bible that acted out of envy and jealousy.
Then there is a righteous jealousy that I can see in the bible that God says He is jealous in Exodus 20:5 and Zechariah 8:2 and many more, too many to mention, but then again He’s God. Paul also speaks of a godly or divine jealousy in 2 Corinthians 11:2 Then again Paul is recorded in Romans 11:11-14 that salvation was granted to the Gentiles to provoke jealousy in Israel to some how bring them to faith.
The bottom line other than the few times jealousy is used in a positive sense from God, for He is worthy of all honor and praise and demands it. Revelation 4:11, and the times Paul uses it for good, jealousy and envy are terrible words.
Jealousy is listed in the deeds of the flesh in Galatians 5:19, 20… As the sin of jealousy pops its ugly head out one writer says that “jealousy means to boil and speaks of the inner seething that comes from wanting something that someone else has.” In the case of the church at Corinth there were all sorts of jealousy and divisions among that congregation 1 Corinthians 3:3. That is not love and it’s not love for the brethren Hebrews 13:1.
Love is not jealous and without love it profits us nothing 1 Corinthians 13:3, love says honor one another Romans 12:10, loves says rejoice with those who rejoice Romans 12:15. I recently went to a celebration for a friend (my Pastor) who was celebrating his 20th year in Pastoring “ONE” church, one church! It’s a huge accomplishment and seldom done today, and we honored him and rejoiced together with him and rightly so.
Paul said in Philippians we are called to be like Christ… Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others Philippians 2:3, 4.
Donald Whitney writes “Can you serve your boss and others at work, helping them to succeed and be happy, even when they are promoted and you are overlooked? Can you work to make others look good without envy filling your heart? Can you minister to the needs of those whom God exalts and men honor when you yourself are neglected? Can you pray for the ministry of others to prosper when it would cast yours in the shadows?” (Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life)
“Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.” Not for a Christian!
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love 1 Corinthians 13:13
You see love for each other and regarding one another more important than yourselves is the cure for jealousy.
Whenever a friend succeeds
I will rejoice and be glad!
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria