The danger of having a jealous heart

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15

The famous novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett received great recognition for his work – but not from everyone. Beckett’s marriage was plagued by his wife’s jealousy of his growing fame and success.

So one day in 1969, Samuel heard her answer the phone, listen for a moment, and hang up. She turned to her husband and with a disappointed tone whispered, “What a catastrophe.” She had just learned that Beckett had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature!

Jealousy comes in different forms – good and bad. There is the good, kind jealousy that we see in Exodus 20:5 where God tells the Israelites to have no other God except for Him. This is not a jealousy birthed out of insecurity. God was not jealous of other gods… He is jealous for the hearts of His people.

On the other hand, there’s the bad kind of jealousy, a jealousy that is rooted in sin and shame and wishes failure on others instead of success. This is the kind of jealousy that, as Christians, we’re to avoid. In fact, as we see others who are successful in life and whom God blesses abundantly, we’re to rejoice with them in those blessings!

Don’t allow jealousy to embitter you. Instead, rejoice with those whom God blesses, and in due time, He’ll bless you, too!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to help you encourage others who are experiencing His blessings and rejoice with them. When you’re blessed, they’ll rejoice with you as well!

Questions for Thought

Think of a time when you were jealous of someone else. Was your jealousy more about the other person or was it more about an issue in your own heart?

How can you put rejoicing with others into practice today?