Automatic Transcript Generated:
So another Robert again is asking, can a sinner get jealous of and happy for someone else on the same day that he or she met him or her?
That’s an interesting question, Robert. And I think, yeah, definitely a sinner or anyone can get jealous of and happy for somebody just after they meet. And I guess I’m a little bit wondering kind of the why of or where this is coming from as far as your question. But I do want to show you a few verses really quick just to kind of give you an idea as far as maybe what the cure is for that if that’s something you’re struggling with or you see that somebody else is struggling with, just to be careful with things like jealousy. Because as you probably know, coveting, which is like a form of jealousy, is the 10th commandment, thou shalt not covet. God calls us not to be jealous of other people and their things in Exodus 2017, that’s God’s call for his people, but for sinners, is it very possible for them to feel all these mix of feelings? Absolutely. And especially if you’re not being controlled by God’s Holy Spirit and bringing your thoughts into captivity basically just realigning your heart with God’s will, which is to get rid of jealousy, because if we’re happy and content with what God has given us, then that’s really where God wants us to be.
But I do want to share with you a few verses in the Book of James, chapter four. And it’s just the first part of this chapter, and it basically kind of talks about this idea in James four, verses one through seven and eight, basically, that’s seven and eight are like the cure of this problem. And so James, chapter four, verse one says, where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure, that war in your members are basically in your body? You lust and you do not have. You murder and covet and you cannot obtain. You fight in war, yet you do not have because you do not ask. Verse three, basically, or you do ask and you do not receive because you ask amiss that you may spend it on your pleasures. And so in verse four, he says, adulterers and dulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? So you really can’t have both of those things being happy for somebody and being jealous at the same time. Like those things are kind of warring against each other. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
In verse five, he says, or do you think that the Scripture says in vain the Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously? So basically the Holy Spirit desires our love and our worship and our affection and not to put our affection on other things. And in verse six, he says, but he gives more grace, god gives more grace. Therefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. And so here we’re seeing that basically God, if we’re fighting these feelings inside of us, god can give he’ll resist the proud. If you’re saying I am this way and that’s just who I am, god is not going to, god is going to resist you. But if you’re humble and you’re saying, lord, I am struggling with this, god will give grace to you and help you through this situation and really the cure for these kinds of feelings, because even a Christian can struggle with jealousy sometimes you might see somebody with something really nice, god, why didn’t you bless me with that? But again, we have to bring every thought into captivity to the like. It says in two Corinthians, chapter ten, for the weapons or warfare are not carnal, but bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
We want to make sure our thoughts are in harmony with God’s will. And so, again, going back to James, chapter four, verses seven and eight, kind of give us the cure to this problem of jealousy and covetousness and striving for things that we want that maybe are not accordance to God’s will or just it’s never in accordance to God’s will for us to covet or be jealous of other people. And so verses seven and eight say therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. And in verse eight says, draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. And in verse ten I think is the best advice of all, again saying humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up. And so whatever it is, bring these feelings, bring these desires to God. Humbly saying, lord, I’m struggling with jealousy of my friend’s spouse or my friend’s house, or my friend’s car or whatever it is. And if we’re humble, God can help us be cleansed of these impure thoughts or feelings.
But on the contrary, if we are not, they’re just going to run rampant. And yeah, you can feel like you can pretend you’re happy for somebody, but really inside you have those bad feelings of jealousy and which can lead to worse sins. And so I just pray that as you walk with God, that you would submit. Again, take that good advice that Paul gives us in two Corinthians, chapter ten, verses four and five, basically that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. We’re not fighting flesh and blood here. We’re fighting something spiritual, which is something you don’t see. And we have to bring every thought, every feeling that we have into the captivity to the obedience of Christ, that we surrender those feelings and let God be the one that leads us in our minds and in our hearts. So, Jay or Wendy, anything else on that one?
No, that sounded really good.
Yeah, I think I guess the only thing I would add is that the key is to surrender to God in all God’s ways, in his plans, in all things. So when we are tempted with those things, then that’s just an indication that there’s something that we need to surrender to God. And if we take it as that, we can have an instant shift in our emotions and go from feeling jealous to feeling happy. Emotions can shift in an instant.
Amen. That’s very true.
For the full episode:
Share this video with a friend:
In His Service