How Envy and Jealousy Hurt Us

There’s an old goofy saying that I’m sure you’ve heard before – he who dies with the most toys wins.

And of course you’ve probably heard the come back – he who dies with the most toys still dies.

Life is not about the accumulation of stuff. We can have all the stuff that we could ever want, but if we don’t have what truly matters, then what have we really gained at all.

Listen to how Jesus puts it today in Luke 12: 13-15:

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Take care. Be on guard against covetousness. Be on guard against jealously. Against envy. Why? Why should we?

Here’s why. Here’s how envy and jealously hurt us.

First, they put us down. They make us feel like we are a failure unless we have whatever it is that “they” have. Unless we have their stuff, their status, their power, their position, their “whatever” we are worthless and a failure.

Second, they hurt our walk with others. Because I can’t be happy for God’s blessings in their lives, we are jealous about what they have and why we don’t have them. We aren’t loving our neighbor. We hold things against them. We don’t love them. We want what they have. That’s not healthy for relationships.

And last they take our eyes off God. Instead of focusing on God and His desires for our lives, we are focusing on ourselves, and what we don’t have. Or focusing on them, and what they do have. We aren’t focusing on God, and His plan for us.

Today, be on guard. Your life is not made up of your stuff. It’s made for God. Be on guard against jealously and envy. God knows it will destroy you. Guard yourselves and your heart. Give it God, and He will take care of it all!

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