Romans 12:1-3 Here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
How many times have you wished you could be someone else. Been jealous of who they are, whay they have or what they do?
Proverbs 14:30 says “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.”
Jealousy can destroy relationships: Jealousy may seem like a major sin, but in reality it is one step away from murder. It begins with resentment. It leads to wishing the target of your resentment is removed from your life. It grows into looking for ways in word and action to harm the person you resent. Beware of letting jealousy getting a foothold in your life.
Love is the best weapon against jealousy: Matthew 5:43-44 says “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer.
A better response to resentment is to befriend the person your resentment is directed at and to ask God for the strength to love them.
Prayer: Just for today I will not be jealous of others. Instead of resentin who others are, what they have and what they can do I will thank God for their gifts and abilities, And, i will help them where I can to be all that God is calling them to be.