Jealousy isn’t one of those “sexy” sins. I am more likely to go up to someone and say, “Hey, I’ve been impatient with you,” or “Hey, I’ve struggled to trust you.” But rare is the day I go up to someone and say, “Hey, I’m jealous of you.” It’s just one of those secret-sins that we don’t like to confess and we masquearade in the names of “insecurity” or “poor self image.” But if we call it what it is….it is ugly and it is a sin and it has no place in your heart or mine. We are better than that! Here is a formula I’ve used to help me attack, jealousy, head-on:  1) Show myself the TRUTH about jealousy: Proverbs 27:4, “Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.” James 4:2, “You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.” And 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud.”  2) Confess my jealousy to God, He died on the cross for this sin!  3) Pray God help me STOP jealous ideas BEFORE they become full-on thoughts (Romans 12:2) and 4) Intentionally pray and cheer for the one I am jealous of.  I hope this helps someone today.

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