What it means to be “jealous,” being jealous is being envious of someone who has something we desire have. This particular jealousy is a sin and is not characteristic of a Christian. Instead it shows that we are still controlled by our lustful desires (1 Corinthians 3:3). Galatians 5:26 says, “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
The scriptures tells us that we are to have the perfect love that God has, such as. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, love is not boastful, it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily provoked, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). When we focus on self and our own personal desires, the less we are able to focus on God. When our hearts harden to the truth, Jesus cannot help us and it blocks Him from healing us (Matthew 13:15).
But when controlled by the Holy Spirit we are able to sincerely love and allow God to direct us, He will produce in us the fruit of our salvation, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).Being jealous indicates that we are not satisfied with what God has given us or we lack something within ourselves. The word of God tells us to be content with such as we have, for God will never fail or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). In order to combat jealousy, we need to strive to become more like Jesus and less of ourselves.
We can get to know Him through reading our Bibles, studying, prayer, and fellowship with mature believers. As we learn how to have a servants heart and serve others, instead of ourselves, changes begin ti occur within our hearts. “Do not conform any longer to the ways of this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
The harm that jealousy can do is extremely dangerous, especially if one has no self control. Jealousy will cause various people to steal or kill, it alters the thinking, and will having you doing unseemly things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Many don’t realize that jealousy is a set up for destruction, especially self destruction. Many have losted loved ones, jobs, positions in church, and friends.
The scriptures tells us that jealousy is a cruel as the grave. According to Solomon 8:6; Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is as strong as death; jealousy is as cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
It is unclear what drives people to do and manipulate certain situations as they do. But my guess would be, they lack more of Jesus and are being controlled by satan. Follow the will of God, in order to withstand against the wiles of the devil. Make positive changes within, because the heart is wicked and there is no good thing that dwelleth in it. God desires a personal relationship with each of us, but will not force us to do so.
There are many scriptures to encourage you to do what is good and righteous. In a time like today, it is imperative to pay attention to the tactics of the enemy. It is time to get your personal relationship with God in order, which requires repenting and asking for forgiveness of sin. Accepting Jesus in your life as your personal Savior is as simple as just simply asking with sincerity. God is just and faithful to see you through, to answer your prayers.
Here is a video of the movie Single White Female, where true jealousy takes over the mind of a young sociopath who desires to have all that her roommate has. Pure jealousy at it’s finest.
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: Jealousy is as cruel as the grave, it does more harm than good. Remember to pray and seek God’s help if you feel jealousy creeping into your life. Make sure you rid your life of jealousy, envy, pride, or lust. Work hard for the things you desire in life. Note that there is nothing rewarding about having someone else’s pocessions. You know when you have reached maturity when you can sincerely wsh someone else well, or be happy for others in their personal or spiritual gain.