God has been showing me for a while now why certain people ignore certain posts and things that portray the accomplishments God is giving us in ministry…. Well, here are six indications of that nasty character trait that we call jealousy: (Will Post Verses at the end)
Lack of encouragement
We’ve all had those moments where you’re extremely excited to announce something new, only for you to tell your friend and their response is “Oh okay.” Not even a “That sounds great” or “Good job” from your so-called best friend. Lack of encouragement or lack of support is a sign that your friend is jealous of you. Sometimes a friend’s lack of support is so obvious that it would even make a sarcastic “Good for you” comment seem good.
Copying you or trying to upstage you
There is nothing more annoying then buying a brand new pair of designer jeans, only to discover your friend has bought the exact same pair the next day. Sometimes they’ll even take it to the next level by getting something more expensive than yours. Are they just an admirer of your style or is the green-eyed monster rearing its ugly head? Sounds like the latter…
Tears you down and sometimes pessimistic
There is nothing worse than a friend who constantly tears you down or criticizes you about everything. You come up with a new idea, and they give you every excuse in the book about why you shouldn’t be doing that. Sometimes they will even attack your character by maybe calling you a bad parent or telling you that you’re selfish. Or they say you are filled with pride for wanting to do something for God… They try to make you look bad by saying you should not need a pat on the back.. And….. when they don’t get their pat on the back, they cry… These are just a few examples, but you get the point…
Craves attention from your peers
Ever experience a friend adding a lot of your friends on Facebook to their own list? This comes after only saying hi to your friend once if they’ve even said anything at all… sounds like someone is jealous of your popularity and wants your friends for themselves.
Disappearing or shying away
Have you ever experienced trying to make plans with a friend and suddenly they’re always too busy or don’t even call you back altogether. All of a sudden they never want to hang out anymore. Sometimes when people are jealous, they would rather stay away then face the fact that they feel bad about themselves in your presence. They are not there on the big events…
Doesn’t give you credit or creates excuses for your success
This type of jealousy usually occurs when you tell your friend about something and for everything thing you say, they always have a “Me too.” Sometimes they’ll even say something like “That’s so easy to get.” By diminishing what you’ve done, or drawing attention to an equal experience of their own, they will succeed in making sure they feel better about themselves. Once again, jealousy at it’s finest moment. We have even had some to say that they have been with us every step of the way as if they were the ones who created our success and they were really only around and involved in part of what we do…
(Attribution)Thanks to Esi Mensah for contribution
“For I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.”
Acts 8:17 (NLT)
“Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.”
Romans 13:13 (ESV)
“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 (ESV)
“…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.”
Galatians 5:20-21 (NASB)
“Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.”
Job 5:2 (NLT)
“For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare
when he takes revenge.”
Proverbs 6:34 (ESV)
“Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?”
Proverbs 27:4 (ESV)
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.”
Song of Solomon 8:6 (NLT)
“For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean’.”
Mark 7:21-23 (NIV)
“These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph,
and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him.”
Acts 7:9 (NLT)
There will be MANY more posts coming as we expose this evil demon in the church and in ministries..
Galatians 5:26 – Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
1 Peter 2:1 – Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
Proverbs 24:1 – Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
Here is the real reason why they start and stop things and NO spiritual fruit in anything……
James 3:16 – For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.
1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
As I Said, there will be much more coming later… The Lord has told us to expose this and to stand against it firmly as we pursue unity in the Last Days Church of Jesus Christ……