Jealousy Uprooted

17 Mar

God’s Word: Luke 22:63-71

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Jealousy is often the root cause of abuse. High priest Jesus, when arrested, was abused by His captors because of jealousy.  The Jewish religious leaders rejected Him because He didn’t fit their paradigm of the “Messiah.”  They were hoping for a political figure that would deem them the world rulers, not a lowly, born in a manger, humble man.  They wanted someone that would elevate their positions, not replace the need for their positions.  Jesus came to be the High Priest for all mankind.  No need for the Jewish High Priest anymore.  Jesus was the fulfillment of what the Jews were waiting for—the promised Messiah.

Jealousy would not allow them to recognize their redemption.  They tried to trample Jesus’ teachings underfoot by abusing and killing Him.  And when the guards at the tomb witnessed the resurrection, the religious leaders paid them a large sum to money to lie about what they had seen.  They denied the truth even though it was clearly evident.  Their decision, made in a fit of jealous rage, continues to be passed down through the generations of Jews today.

Jealousy continues to ruin lives on earth even today.  The web of jealousy entangles mankind in many and various way.  A large reason for this is mankind has ignored My Word that clearly shows the way to avoid jealousy.  Philippians 2:4 says “Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” When you find yourself criticizing another–let that serve as a red flag to jealousy.  Do the opposite, get on their band-wagon and offer to serve as a guide and an encourager.  Uproot jealousy and live a victorious life!

God’s Question: How has jealousy in your life caused pain?

God’s Promise: I give peace to those who encourage others.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for this antidote to jealousy in Your Word.

I am Sorry I have ignored this advice more than once.

Thank You that I know Your Word is true.

Please help me be an encourager on Your behalf.


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