January 23, 2022 – Letting Go of Jealousy
Stories of jealousy fill the Scriptures: Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Leah and Rachel, Saul and David. Envy and jealousy are common to every generation and every culture. Wishing for what another has, or feeling entitled to what another has, is evidence that we do not fully trust God and his plan. Escaping the jealousy trap is the first step to a life of satisfaction and contentment, a harvest of righteousness and peace.
James 3:13-18 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.