Envy and jealousy are rebellions against God’s provision and the opposite of love. We must transform our minds by “putting off” envy or jealousy and “putting on” being satisfied with God’s provisions for our life through three steps.
*NOTE: We had some issues with Bob’s mic on this episode. Thanks for bearing with us!
00:00 – Introductions
1:20: – WHAT ARE THE DEFINITIONS OF ENVY AND JEALOUSY?
-ENVY WANTS WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS.
-JEALOUSY IS A FEAR THAT ANOTHER PERSON WILL TAKE AWAY WHAT IS YOURS.
-Both are self-centered, unloving, and destructive emotional problems
2:05 – WHAT CAUSES ENVY AND JEALOUSY? Pride, comparing yourself to others, putting too much value on worldly success
3:46 – WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ENVY AND JEALOUSY? Disappointment with God’s provision, lack of contentment, resentment toward another’s success, hatred
5:32 – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOD’S JEALOUSY AND HUMAN JEALOUSY?
-God is the creator and owner of everything.
-His creations should worship and serve him alone.
-God is right to be jealous when his people worship idols instead of giving him the worship that belongs to Him alone.
7:08 – ENVY IS ULTIMATELY A REBELLION AGAINST GOD’S PROVISION AND THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE.
-Love rejoices over the good of another (Luke 12:15)
-Envy can be overcome by choosing to celebrate another person’s good fortune and speaking of their good qualities.
8:36 – OVERCOMING ENVY AND JEALOUSY MEANS TRANSFORMING YOUR MIND.
– By “putting off” envy or jealousy…
-And “putting on” satisfaction with God’s provisions for your life.
9:55 – Remember: “Even the people that have something you want want something too!”
12:18 – THREE STEPS TO OVERCOME ENVY OR JEALOUSY:
- LOVE: UNDERSTANDING GOD’S LOVE FOR US
-Scripture helps us understand that God loves us, so we don’t need to seek love in other things.
14:39 – 2. CONTENTMENT
If you are not content, you are questioning the sovereignty of God.
DEVELOP A LIFESTYLE OF GRATITUDE AND WORSHIP
-Remind yourself of who you are in God’s family.
-Acknowledge your blessings daily.
16:59 – 3. LOVE: LOVE OTHERS AS GOD LOVES YOU
-Focus less on yourself by serving others
-Godly love rejoices when others are blessed, leaving no space for envy.
-Pray for God’s blessing to be poured out on the person whom you envy!
18:24 – WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP? PRAY FOR SOMEONE WHO YOU ARE JEALOUS OF! And see how God uses that to start changing your heart toward them.
19:37 – Thank you and wrap up.