Weekly Spiritual Digest: Be Wary of Your Jealousy of Others


Evening Thunderstorm by William Nguyen-Phuoc

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:13-18 NLT)

Jealousy is like a thunderstorm–it builds and builds, forming dark clouds. And when it is ready to strike, it will spout out a bolt of lightning which can electrocute or kill a person in less than one second. In this same respect, jealousy is dangerous and hard to control; it’s unpredictable!

There are many instances when I have carried bitter jealousy and self-ambition in my own heart, but what reminds me “to let go and let God” is the simple fact that the world is not pure. We compete and sometimes murder each other over worldly possessions (and even human reasoning), which in reality it brings us pain and destruction. Jealousy and selfish ambition are agents of destruction. Even though we cannot control them, let us least be aware of them and try our best detach ourselves from them.

This week be aware of your jealousy and selfish ambitions–and do not let them control your actions. Being aware of jealously is a path towards humility, which God wants us to portray in every good act that we do.

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