Jealousy is a dangerous thing. Here are a few things the Bible says about being jealous:
"Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple."
"For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare
when he takes revenge."
"For while there is jealousy and strife among you,
are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?"
1 Corinthians 3:3
"…idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Why am I talking about this? I found myself in this VERY spot not long ago.
I had someone tell me thank you for something that I taught them over EIGHT years ago. I was like whoaaa I remember that. I had totally forgotten about it until they mentioned it.
See, jealousy has a way of making you OVERLOOK your OWN blessings.
I was sitting down thinking about it and my heart started feeling funny. I was like OH NO MAAM!! no you WON'T!!
Yep, I found myself being jealous. Guess what I did? I recognized it for what it was and I prayed and asked God to take that thing away.
He did just that.
See, before I knew anything about my part in this persons life, I was TRULY happy for them. Like seriously happy to see them succeed. I told him and his wife, I am just so proud of y'all. WHY? Because I truly was. I still am.
So it kinda caught me by suprise that I felt the way I did.
Once I knew I had a part in that I was like WHOOOAAA lol. My feelings started to change.
I did NOT like that one bit.
It amazes me that I can actually sit here and say that I was jealous. I've never been the jealous type. I'm one of those that are truly happy when people are doing well. When things are going great. I also love to encourage folks when things aren't going so great.
I'm glad I had that shortcoming. God is keeping me on my knees and I love it.
I say it ALL THE TIME. I'm not perfect, just striving daily to become the woman that God wants me to be.