I fully realize that you probably do not struggle with jealousy. But for the sake of that friend who might (wink, wink), let’s chat about it.
The green-eyed monster gets the best of us. It’s that desire to not just be better, but the best.
According to dictionary.com, Jealousy is: resentment against a rival enjoying success or advantage.
I thought the word “rival” was interesting here, because, Well, sometimes we’re not jealous of our rival – sometimes it’s a best friend, or sister, or daughter.
Ahh…how foolish of me! Because when jealousy arrives, it creates rivals! We can be joyful and happy to see a friend, then they tell us they received something GREAT (a promotion, a boyfriend, a car, a friend), and then BAM! They turn into a rival in our own mind.
I heard once that another’s success does not mean your failure. But sometimes, we think of it that way.
If I have learned one thing, it’s this:
Now, it’s YOUR turn! Comment below – I’ll list a few starter questions you can use if you’d like.
- Why is it so hard to have true JOY for others?
- What are some practical ways we can experience JOY rather than JEALOUSY for others?
- Do you have a positive experience where you could have been jealous, but chose joy instead?
Homework: Read Luke chapter 1. Look at how Elizabeth greeted Mary. How would things have been different if Elizabeth greeted Mary with jealousy instead of joy?