An ugly thing called Jealousy
But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons” (Matthew 9:34, NIV).
This was the response from the Pharisees after Jesus healed a mute man. Everyone was amazed at what he had done, except for the Pharisees. It is easy to see why: they were jealous.
Have you ever been in a similar situation? Where everyone is praising someone, but you are thinking of something wrong that person did? Or you want to highlight your doubt toward that person? Or you are simply finding it hard to praise that person with the others? I have certainly been there, and can I tell you what? It is called jealousy. An ugly, ugly thing called jealousy.
I once heard someone say that jealousy is wanting something someone else has. And envy is wanting something someone else has, but you also do not want them to have it. Jealousy and envy are aimed at building ourselves up and breaking others down. Pretty nasty if we say it like that, right? Pretty nasty indeed.
Maybe we entertain the jealousy and envy thoughts inside ourselves because we do not realise the evil behind them? The fact that it kills, steals, and destroys. Do we really want to break people down so that we can look better? Do we really want to push people down so that we can rise higher?
I certainly hope the answer is no because if we do not see the evil called jealousy, there is no way that we can fight it. And believe me, it is a fight. Jealousy is not just going to leave your mind. You will have to decide to get rid of it.
Ask yourself these questions today:
Do I want to build people up or break them down?
Do I want to see people grow (and be part of the process), or do I want to see them wither (and be part of that process)?
Jealousy is an ugly thing. It makes the bones rot (Proverbs 14:30). Come on, let us not give it space in our lives. Let us fight it!