ENVY AND JEALOUSY
Practical Tools and Resources to Go Deeper!
SPIRITUAL STRENGTH | LIFE LEADERSHIP | REAL RELATIONSHIPS
Ready to start reading right now?
Download now for a complete and comprehensive reading on ENVY AND JEALOUSY.
Do you like to read, highlight and write in your books?
Order now to be delivered right to your home and enjoy a comprehensive reading on ENVY AND JEALOUSY.
KEYS FOR LIVING BOOKS
The Women of Faith Keys for Living books are designed for those looking for help and for those looking to help, the Keys for Living were created to help you … and help you help others. The Keys are great for personal study and growth, small group studies, and for teaching and training purposes.
What to Expect in the Keys: You’ll discover God’s wisdom and guidance in a simple format.
- Definitions help you understand the topic from God’s perspective.
- Characteristics give insight into the different aspects of the topic.
- Causes shed light on the underlying issues related to the topic.
- Steps to Solution (Step-by Step) show you how to be transformed, walk in freedom and live in victory.
COLLECTION OF CLASSES
Comprehensive classes that coaches and equips you to walk in victory.
Our Women of Faith Collection of Classes are designed to help you and those you care about deepen your relationship with Jesus and make practical changes in your life. Sign up to watch the Women of Faith Collection of Classes and start moving toward the FREEDOM you crave.
NOT SURE ON HOW TO START?
LEARN: WHAT IS GOD'S HEART ON ENVY AND JEALOUSY?
Get your free Key to Hope on ENVY AND JEALOUSY. The download will be sent to your email.
WOMEN OF FAITH SHOW with ALITA REYNOLDS
Be inspired to discover God’s redemption in your story and equipped to share it with those who need TRUE hope. This show features a wide range of guests who are impacting the world in big and small ways every day.
Inspiring conversations that will encourage you to live the life you were created for. Hear stories of how guests have overcome their personal struggles.
Get a feel for the show with a free sneak peek…
TAMING THE TERRIBLE TWINS - ENVY AND JEALOUSY
“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
Discontentment flourishes in the soil of envy and jealousy. Envy, jealousy, and covetousness are interrelated evils. Discontent with our position and possessions often indicates a self-centered attitude which leads to intolerant, resentful, and even malicious feelings toward a real or imagined rival. We may covet the success, personality, material possessions, good looks, or position of another.
Then, in order to compensate for a frustrated ego, we make unkind and destructive remarks and submerge ourselves in self-pity, anger, bitterness, and depression.
Cain envied Abel because Abel’s offering was accepted by God while Cain’s was not. He became jealous, coveting what had been denied him (Genesis 4:3–8). Anger, bitterness, depression, and murder followed: “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (James 3:16)
“Is envy always wrong?”Yes. Scripture never portrays envy in a positive light. God is never depicted as an envious God.“Now it was the governor’s custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, ‘Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’ For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.” Matthew 27:15–18
Envy and jealous ambition motivated Lucifer to rebel against God:
“I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God... I will make myself like the Most-High.”
The apostle Paul gives the all-time antidote to the sins of envy, jealousy, and covetousness:
“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
"A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.”
What Is Envy?
- Envy is resenting the advantage of another, with a desire to possess the same advantage.
- Envy is coveting what another has.
- The Latin word for “envy” is invidere, which means “to look at with enmity.”
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
What Is Jealousy?
- Jealousy is resenting another’s rivalry or unfaithfulness, with a desire to guard or maintain what one possesses.
- Jealousy is possessiveness.
- The Greek word for “jealousy” is zeloo, which means “zealous or burning with jealousy.”
“Envy is the greatest of all diseases among men.”
“When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. As they danced, they sang: ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.' Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. ‘They have credited David with tens of thousands,’ he thought, ‘but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?’ And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.”
1 Samuel 18:6–9
The Differences between Envy and Jealousy
Envy is empty hands hungry to be filled.
Jealousy is full hands fearing to be emptied.
Envy a burning desire to get.
Jealousy is a burning desire to keep.
Envy craving what another has.
Jealousy clinging to what one has.
Envy is focused on gaining.
Jealousy is focused on losing.
Envy is fueled by a sense of entitlement.
Jealousy is fueled by a sense of retaining control.
Envy is rooted in ambitious pride.
Jealousy is rooted in anxious fear.
10 Traits That Lead to Envy and Jealousy
- Comparison - Measuring our own worth against someone else’s attributes (Jeremiah 1:5)
- Competition - Seeking to outdo or outperform another (Philippians 2:4)
- Covetousness - Craving what someone else has (1 Timothy 6:6)
- Discontent - Feeling dissatisfied with what you have (Hebrews 13:5)
- Fearfulness - Worrying over a potential loss (Deuteronomy 31:6)
- Insecurity - Fearing an unwanted change or loss in status or circumstances (1 Corinthians 13:4)
- Possessiveness - Claiming ownership of someone or something (Proverbs 28:25)
- Rivalry - Competing to surpass another (Proverbs 28:26)
- Selfish ambition - Striving to attain a better position (Philippians 2:3)
- Strife - Engaging in bitter conflict with another (1 Timothy 6:4)
The Envy Checklist
- Do you feel perturbed over another person’s possessions?
- Do you have hidden feelings of inferiority?
- Do you secretly resent another person’s abilities?
- Do you feel unhappy over someone’s happiness?
- Do you feel provoked over another’s elevated position?
- Do you become angered over someone’s success?
- Do you make negative comments about another person’s attractive appearance?
- Do you pout about another person’s popularity?
- Do you grumble about blessings that another receives?
- Do you secretly celebrate when someone endures a setback?
The Jealousy Checklist
- Do you feel overly possessive of someone dear to you?
- Do you want an exclusive relationship with this person?
- Do you feel anxious over any potential loss of this person?
- Do you feel threatened that this relationship might end or change?
- Do you assume your worth and value is tied to this person?
- Do you feel emotionally dependent on this person?
- Do you feel suspicious about the normal behavior of this person?
- Do you feel distrustful of others when it comes to this person?
- Do you feel unable to trust God with the future regarding this person?
- Do you feel insecure when it comes to your future with this person?
Gaining an Attitude of Gratitude
Look at what God has placed in your own hands ... rather than what is in the hands of others. (1 Chronicles 23:30) Begin and end each day expressing thanks to God for at least one thing.
Look at what God has done for you in the past ... rather than what He has done for others. (Psalm 143:5–6; 63:6–8) From a detailed list of things you have recalled, thank God for each one.
Look at what God is doing in you ... rather than what He is doing in others. (Philippians 2:13) Thank God for preparing you for greater service. Ask Him to make you a godly example to others.
Look at what God is doing through you ... rather than what He is doing through others. (1 Thessalonians 1:2–3, 7–8) Identify the ways you bless others and further the kingdom of God.
Look at what God has promised regarding you ... rather than what He has promised regarding others. (2 Peter 1:3–4) Become familiar with the promises of God to those who place their faith in Jesus Christ.
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
(1 Timothy 6:6)
Key Verse to Learn
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Key Passage to Read
Grace Filled Words
“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
LIVE IN VICTORY!
100+ BIBLICALLY BASED RESOURCE TOPICS
READY TO GO DEEPER?
Be coached and equipped to boost your spiritual strength, experience real relationships, and be the life leader you are.
Want to learn more about our other 100+ topics? Check out the Women of Faith Resources, to discover biblical hope and practical help on these topics. The Women of Faith Resources are designed to help you – and help you help others – overcome difficulties, grow in maturity, and move forward in life.
God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation. He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!
Thank you for your interest and support in Women of Faith. We pray God will encourage, equip, and empower you with His life-changing truth.