How can I deal with jealousy? - Jealousy - TouchPoints

How can I deal with jealousy?

Genesis 30:1When Rachel saw that she wasn’t having any children for Jacob, she became jealous of her sister.

Instead of enjoying the favor and love of her husband, Rachel focused on her inability to give Jacob children. She became jealous of her sister, Leah. The cure for jealousy is being thankful and enjoying what you do have instead of focusing on what you don’t have.

Matthew 20:15“Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?”

Jealousy reveals selfishness. We want for ourselves what someone else has. Jealousy shows a smallness of heart that resents the blessings and joy of others. The inability to rejoice in another’s success or good fortune limits your own capacity for joy. The cure for jealousy is gratitude.

John 21:19-22Jesus said this to let [Peter] know by what kind of death he would glorify God. . . . Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”

When Peter heard Jesus’ prophecy of his death, he wondered what would happen to the other disciple (John). Jesus made it clear that Peter was to pay attention to his own concerns, not those of others. In many situations, you may be tempted to compare your lot in life with another’s. Jesus sternly rebukes this attitude. It shows discontent with God’s plan and stirs dissent among people. Instead, keep your focus on God and accept that his will for you is best.