Letting Go of Jealousy

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." (1 Corinthians 13:4)

"And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person's envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." (Ecclesiastes 4:4)

"A heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones." (Proverbs 14:30)

All people struggle with envy - it is a part of human nature. I especially tend to have a jealous heart when I am looking at other girls my age. I analyze so many details including how they do their hair, what they're wearing, how they talk - I even find myself studying their Instagram feeds, wondering how I can be like that.

Ultimately, I try to justify myself, saying that I have other qualities that aren't quite the same, but are better. The root of all of this silliness can be summed up in one word: jealousy.

Envy is a tight trap of the mind that is easy to fall into, and can hold you there for as long as you are willing to let it. If it wasn't, people wouldn't use the marketing techniques they use every day. Turn on your televisions and pay close attention to the commercials that come on - how can the advertiser drive you to buy their product? Jealousy.

The world likes to tell us that being jealous of attention, time, money, material items, success and fame is okay. Apparently, we are supposed to want what people have. If you see it, go get it. These are not only the primary values of today's world, they are those of a sinful, unhappy life.

You see, the problem with jealousy is that it never ends once you have obtained the original thing ou desired. It isn't about actually getting what you wanted, the state of envy will not stop there; jealousy moves on to the next person, the next problem, the next pay raise, the newest Apple product, the next vacation, the latest version of this or that. If you let yourself indulge in jealousy once, what is to stop you from feeling the same way over and over... and over again?

Lately, I have felt that a theme Jesus is trying to impart into my life currently is the idea of building others up instead of tearing them down with my jealous thoughts. The best way to do this, is to first be content with yourself, your life and the things God has given to you. You must first love yourself if you want to love others. We have to realize Jesus made us just as beautifully as He made them, then we can truly appreciate what our sisters and brothers in Christ have to offer. How others were created - their gifts, talents, ideas, features, voices, mind - will look so much more beautiful to us!

When we realize and fully take in how amazing and intricately we were pierced together by Jesus, our own lives will look so much more beautiful also. Jesus can always help us be content. We have to be willing to let go of the jealousy that is so easy to hold on to. When you're feeling inferior, try praying, asking God to life you up, so that you can then lift others. How can we appreciate our peers and family when we feel discontent with ourselves? Jesus always loves to remind us of just how beautiful we are to Him, this week allow Him to work through you, helping you see yourself through a brighter light.

Dear Lord,
This week I pray for a contest heart, one that is full of self-confidence and ready to go into the world loving and appreciating others. Lord, help me see the great creations all around me as You see them. Show me how to build others up, as I learn to love myself just the way You created me. Amen.

Written by: Daisy Budgick

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