Scripture for today: Philippians 4:11.
We’ve determined without debate that jealousy leads to dysfunction, destruction, and sometimes even death. If you find yourself in a struggle with this “green-eyed monster,” with God’s help, implement the following cures:
Confession. First and foremost, jealousy is a sin. Therefore, it must be confessed in order to pave the way for recovery (1 John 1:9).
Contentment. Jealousy typically comes when we become dissatisfied with where we are or what we’ve received. We could all learn from the one who said, “I come from the greatest state in the land, the state of contentment.” As Scripture says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6, KJV).
Diligence. If you want what the other guy has, work toward it. The faithful servant didn’t turn five talents into ten by sitting on his hands (Matthew 25). As a seasoned pastor charged a bunch of preacher boys, “If you want a larger church, build one!”
Resistance. Let’s face it, jealousy is spiritual warfare. Satan uses it to disable and destroy. “Resist him and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Celebration. “Rejoice with those who rejoice” (Romans 12:15). Join in in the festivities when others gain prominence, power, or possessions, even if you’ve missed out.
Rather than allow jealousy to drag you into despondency, let it motivate and lift you to a closer walk with God and greater service for Him.
This devotion is based from Gaddis’ book “Manage Your Emotions.”