Jealousy is a dangerous emotion in any relationship. Once it is introduced and it is not kept at bay, it is like a fast spreading fire through dry brush. It is not called the green-eyed monster for nothing! What exactly is jealousy? Noah Webster defines it as:
That passion of peculiar uneasiness which arises from the fear that a rival may rob us of the affection of one whom we love, or the suspicion that he has already done it; or it is the uneasiness which arises from the fear that another does or will enjoy some advantage which we desire for ourselves. A man’s jealousy is excited by the attentions of a rival to his favorite lady. A woman’s jealousy is roused by her husband’s attentions to another woman. The candidate for office manifests a jealousy of others who seek the same office. The jealousy of a student is awakened by the apprehension that his fellow will bear away the palm of praise. In short,jealousy is awakened by whatever may exalt others, or give them pleasures and advantages which we desire for ourselves. Jealousy is nearly allied to envy, for jealousy, before a good is lost by ourselves, is converted into envy, after it is obtained by others.
As we approach the Tribulation, we see this emotion more and more. The introduction of social media has exacerbated this emotion. We see people spending more time looking down at their phones than their surroundings. They can’t see who matters most to them. Our spouses, our friends take a back burner and realize that a cell phone has more importance than our relationship. Men have placed their own desires ahead of their families.
Is it any wonder that children act up to get their parents’ attention? Is it any wonder that a man wonders why his wife or girlfriend spends more time looking at her phone than paying attention to him? They are jealous of whatever means more to you than they!
Friend, if you are guilty of this, it is not what the Lord wants for you. Do you realize if you are, you are not only taking time away from your loved ones, you are also taking away from your time with the Lord? He is a jealous God and will not have you replace Him.
Check your relationships! What’s important to you? Do you want to be responsible for allowing jealousy to destroy your relationships? Are you the cause? Start with the Lord and that relationship in order. Repent and move forward to those relationships in your life that actually mean something.
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