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Monday, 1 November 2010
05:50:52 AM (GMT)
The green-eyed monster

It is true that God is a jealous God.  He alone is worthy of our love, praise,
worship.  His jealousy is out of love and selflessness, while when we are jealous it
is out of selfishness. 

If you are a jealous spouse, its roots are in a need to control and a lack of trust
and it will kill a relationship.

When we resent God's goodness in someone else's life and ignore his good in our own. 
That is jealousy.  

Envy is not the same as jealousy.  Envy is the desire to deprive someone of what they
have, jealousy is to want one, probably one that is a little better too.

James 3:13-16 "13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good
life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor
bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the
truth. 15Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of
the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder
and every evil practice."

How do we lose the monster?
-Confront and own up to the problem.
-Understand the consequences
-Seek to love

Know that criticism is sometimes made in jealousy.  Not that one would criticize
another on the topic they are jealous over, but another topic usually.

To have jealousy or hate is like to drink poison and expect the person you feel that
way towards to die.  Just doesn't work that way.  

To be jealous is to rebel against God.  Its quite a statement, eh?  But it is the
truth.  Think about it.  The heart of envy is anger with God for blessing
others.  

-Death to entitlement.  I can't stand the philosophy of "I deserve this and I deserve
it now!  Its not fair!"  The idea of putting everything on a credit card so you can
have it now even though you can't afford it.  But you can make the minimum monthly
payments. 

-Fairness.  Life is not fair.  God says life isn't fair and He will always be with
you through it all.  It rains on the just and the unjust.  God allows crisis in your
life and God uses crisis in your life to make you into a better, happier person if
you'll only seek it.  Be thankful to God and love Him in all situation and at all
times.  It isn't easy, I know, but even if you can't bring yourself to smile you can
say "Well, I trust you God.  I believe even if I don't see right now." 

II Corinthians 9:8 "8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all
things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."



Do you rejoice when someone else's life falls apart?  Think of the person you like
the least.  Would you be happy to see their life fall apart?  
-Confront and own up to the problem
-Understand the consequences
-Seek to love


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