Part 2 – The Dangers of Jealousy
It can be defined as the feeling of resentment toward someone because of their success, advancements, or advantages. These usually stem from feelings of insecurity or fear. It can also be caused by paranoia, suspicion, or fears of unfaithfulness in a relationship.
The kind of jealousy we are talking about here is jealousy of what other people have, who they are, and what they’ve achieved.
“Jealousy is resenting the fact that others have something, do something, or are something, that wish you had, could do, or were.” – Lenika Scott
It’s literally dangerous. It can put others in danger, and you put yourself at risk when you allow jealous feelings to build up.
The Spirit Jealousy
The spirit of jealousy is a spirit that can overtake you when you let jealousy build up and fester for too long, without doing something about it. It’s actually a scary thing. This spirit can cause you to do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do.
James 3:14-17 (CEV)
“But if your heart is full of bitter jealousy and selfishness, don’t brag or lie to cover up the truth. That kind of wisdom doesn’t come from above. It is earthly and selfish and comes from the devil himself. Whenever people are jealous or selfish, they cause trouble and do all sorts of cruel things. But the wisdom that comes from above leads us to be pure, friendly, gentle, sensible, kind, helpful, genuine, and sincere.”
Jealousy causes cloudy judgement. It can cause you to lose control, and allow your emotions to overtake your decision making abilities. It can make you do things you didn’t think you were capable of doing. From spreading lies/rumors, to sabotage and murder, to your own self-destruction.
Held Up Blessings and Breakthroughs
It can cause blessings and breakthroughs to be held up and delayed. Spiritual warfare is real, and the spirit of jealousy can overtake you if you allow it to take root in your life. When we become jealous, we hinder God from doing what he wants to do in our lives.
Being jealous is like telling God that you’re not grateful for what He’s done for you, or what He’s given you. Essentially, you’re telling God that He is not good enough, and He doesn’t do enough. Why would he continue blessing someone who does not worship him with a thankful heart?
Being grateful makes God “feel” good. It pleases Him and makes Him want to keep blessing you. He loves you and wants nothing but the best for you. But being jealous is the same as being ungrateful.
Jealousy can also lead to hatred. Not only hatred for the person you’re jealous of, but self-hatred. When you hate yourself, it is impossible to love someone else. You cannot love and hate at the same time.
1 John 4:20 (CEV)
“But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see?”
God is love, and jealousy is the opposite of love. He cannot reside where the behaviors of hatred are consistent. In other words, He cannot live in a vessel that is full of jealousy and hatred.
So, Give it to God
I never want to live without God. There was a short time in college where I actually felt His spirit leave me. I wasn’t living right, and there was nothing more that I wanted than to be back in His presence. That is why it’s important to never give into jealousy and hatred, especially if you don’t want His spirit to leave you.
The spirit of jealousy knocked on my door in middle and high school. I refused to let it in. I chose to give it to God instead. I never want to be without HIs spirit again.
If you’ve experienced the spirit of jealousy or hatred knocking on your door, it’s not too late. God allows us a chance to ask for forgiveness. When we admit our wrongs to Him, He will fix it. Just don’t wait. Pray it away daily if you have to. Do what needs to be done to keep your soul saved.
Up next: How to stop being jealous