Proverbs 27:4 – (NLT) Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.
Illustrations of jealousy are replete in scripture: Cain killed his brother, Jacob robbed Esau of his birthright, Rachel and Leah lived at odds with each other, Saul put out a death warrant on David’s life—“in each of these stories jealousy took root and ruined their relationships. Jealousy becomes more sophisticated as we mature, and its root system is strengthened with every episode in which we allow it to flourish. Jealousy keeps us on a perpetual quest for the attention, affection, and affirmation of others” (Jenni Catron, Clout). The solution lies in a fresh revelation of our belovedness to God. Once anchored in the truth of our value to Him, insecurities melt and our need for attention and affirmation from others lessens. Our sense of security comes from our relationship with Jesus and forms the foundation of confidence from which we can operate toward others. No longer threatened by someone else’s success, we can celebrate their advances. Overcome jealousy; rediscover God’s love for you. (Recommended reading: “The Furious Loving of God” or “Abba’s Child.”)