Ahh, the subject nobody wants to cross…. Why is it so? Perhaps it’s because none of us would like to admit that we are. Jealousy is painful, it can destroy any relationship at the core. Especially when it’s not dealt with. Letting jealousy sit is like lighting your house on fire and watching it burn.
It’s somewhat entertaining how the best of intentions could very well be the harm of someone we care about. Or were they really the best of intentions? Looking back, it’s easier to find selfish motives in every action that at the time seemed “best for everyone”.
Galatians 5:4-6I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.
Faith expressed in love. That’s what’s in the inside of any relationship. Might I warn you, any relationship that is placed above one’s relationship with God is in danger. When you place something in your life above Him, you tell Him not to touch it, therefore when hard times come, it’s in danger. When you love someone, no matter in what relation, you open up to them enough that they could hurt you, but show you have faith that they won’t.
Lack of faith and love and faith expressed in love can and will harm any relationship including your relationship with God.
Galatians:7-10You were running superbly! Who cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience? This detour doesn’t come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread. Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you will not defect. But the one who is upsetting you, whoever he is, will bear the divine judgment.
Every now and then we fall off our adrenaline and end up a mess, but if we trust in Him, it’s more than possible to get out. While we’re wallowing in self pity over things that aren’t really problems, people are dying and drowning. Jealousy is an illegitimate excuse for selfishness. Sure you can list all the problems you have an in your mind outweigh the problems that you see of that person standing over there, but in their mind, all their problems heavily outweigh anything they think you could’ve ever faced. We’re all faced with what we are able to stand. God doesn’t allow us to go up against something we can’t defeat. If you think about it, that means we really shouldn’t ever lose. I’ve heard that Jealousy is like drinking a poison and expecting the other person to die. I could go on, but I’m going to end with this, spend some more time praying, God will pull through. Also, take the time and read Galatians 5 to it’s fullest extent.
Live long and prosper, Tori Lynn.