Free from the Stronghold of Jealousy
Written by Christian Writer, Pola Muzyka
In order to sell products our society seduces young and old alike to unrighteous jealousy every day. This type of jealousy hurts the host. If left unchecked, it brings an unhealthy self esteem along with it.
Jealousy begins early in life and is eagerly nurtured [enabled] by parents and the media. It says, “I want” or, “that’s mine”, and it doesn’t care what it has to do to get what it wants or to prove its ownership.
When the stronghold of jealousy sets in envy, wrath, strife, lust, rebellion, defiance, murder, and many other strongholds are close by. Most jealousy is unwarranted and selfish.
In a relationship its host harbors mental uneasiness from suspicion of possible intentions, fear of rivalry, or real or imagined unfaithfulness. Jealousy has a dangerous objective.
This objective destroys love and invites hate or fear in its place. It can even kill. The host is unaware of the dangers involved because jealousy confuses and stuns its host before it acts.
Jealousy against a rival causes resentment. If another person is enjoying success or an advantage, jealousy will try to stop it by inviting a spirit of gossip and slander. It prevents its host from sharing the joy and blessings of others and from moving forward in its own victory, success, and blessings.
Contrary to the slander spoken by some people, the jealousy of God is zeal for His house and his creation. It is His vigilance [to protect and defend] in maintaining or guarding the people and creation He loves. It is not a human jealousy.
Unlike this photo there’s nothing cute about jealousy.
5 Biblical tips to be free from Jealousy:
1. Seek God before you act jealously. Ask him for peace.
Song of Solomon 8:6 Set me like a seal upon your heart, like a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy is as hard and cruel as Sheol (the place of the dead). Its flashes are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame [the very flame of the Lord]!
Proverbs 14:30 A tranquil heart makes for a healthy body, but jealousy is like bone cancer.
2. Turn from sin and eagerly learn the way of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?
3. Cultivate a spirit of love and loving. Jealousy has no place to live when true love moves in.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant. 5It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs. 6It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. 7Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up. 8Love never comes to an end.
4. Trust God to bring you through whatever confusion you may be facing. The closer you move to God, the further you move away from all sin including jealousy.
Psalm 92:12-15 The godly [those who trust in the Lord] will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.13 For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. 14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. 15 They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”
Job 5:2 For vexation [confusion] and rage kill the foolish man; jealousy and indignation slay the simple.
5. Be content with what you have and God will continue to bless you.
Ecclesiastes 5:18 At last I have seen what is good and beautiful: It is to eat and drink and to enjoy the good in all our hard work under the sun during the brief lives God gives us. That is our lot in life.
1 Timothy 6:6 A godly life brings huge profits to people who are content with what they have.