The Green-Eyed Monster

Green does not look good on me. Especially when its label says envy, or bitter jealousy.

How about you? I am sure it doesn’t look good on you either.

It is so easy to fall victim to the enemy’s blurbs in our head. More so, when our own life seems to be turned upside down and nothing is going right and our defenses are down, Satan whispers lies convincing us that we deserve something that someone else has more than they deserve it. Come on, you know what I’m talking about: their new car; their new home; their new job; their ; their new degree; their new wealth. Satan uses others’ blessings to plant a seed of jealousy within us.

It is up to us whether that seed takes root and grows. Jesus commanded us to love one another. Happiness for the other person’s successes and prosperity should expound from our love for them. Otherwise maybe we are not loving as we should.  If we do not eliminate our first envious thoughts, they will take root in our hearts and grow bigger and bigger; eventually, poisoning our spirit. We can become bitter and resent those we love.

But how do we stop it? Let’s press into Jesus a little harder. Let’s ask Him to expose every root of jealousy we are harboring. Let’s ask Him to help us destroy that monstrous root and renew our hearts with pure love for Him and for others. And even on the hardest of days, let’s worship and praise Jesus a little harder. Let’s celebrate our blessings a little harder. Let’s celebrate those we love a little harder.

In the end, a green monster will not thrive in a red heart full of love.

Life is better with Jesus!

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” – Galatians 5:25-26

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