Men of Redemption

Restoring a Life of Purity – One Day at a Time

A Writer’s Thoughts . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on November 30, 2015

Writer's thoughts

My Thoughts on . . . . JEALOUSY.                                                                                                                                                 

It’s everywhere. No matter where I look, someone is always envious, desiring to have what others have; wanting to be what others have become; looking for the affirmations and affections of others for approval or acceptance. It doesn’t matter what venue I’m in, whether it’s on my job, the places I go, the events I attend, and even in the church, people can’t stand to see others in a position that God has placed them in. Why is jealousy such a problem to so many people? I believe that those who succeed in life have a root of commitment planted in their lives, understanding that in order to achieve and move forward it starts with them. Success is not always the focus but knowing that I have committed myself to a cause that will benefit others around me, my environment where I live or work, what I do, it’s about others not myself. But those who dislike the committed because that desire is not instilled in them, or wasn’t spoke into their lives for edification, their aim or agenda is to disrupt, even sabotage the success or rewards of their efforts. That type of jealousy can lead to even more serious actions, and that’s where it becomes out of control. I can think of many an examples of jealousy but the one that comes to mind is King Saul, and his dislike of David his servant.

“Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well. 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 timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “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 close eye on David.    1  SAMUEL  18:5-9

David was totally committed to King Saul, anything the King desired because he was King, the reigning authority of Israel. David knew his position and placed himself under his leadership and guidance. But because of David’s success, and the affirmation of the people of Israel for his victories over Goliath and many other battles, King Saul saw those accolades and instantly became jealous. Saul had the Spirit of God in him and over his life, but because of his disobedience and fear of the people , their acceptance or ridicule of his decision-making, he allowed that to interfere with God’s purpose for his reign and chose the people’s approval over God’s guidance. I see the same thing daily as I live wherever I go. It doesn’t have to be this way. If I humble myself, realize that I have purpose in this life with the plan God has already ordained me and for His glory, then I will see the goodness of the Lord in all that I do. So it’s not about what others have or accomplished, it’s about what am I committed to, my purpose in all my endeavors, and what is God speaking or saying over my life. I don’t have to look at other’s successes, their rewards for their efforts or how they got to where they are. I want to gain God’s approval for everything that I do in this life, and He will reward my efforts so that others will be blessed and that nothing that is achieved, no matter how successful, will be looked at to where myself is built up, only God, and the purpose He put in my life should be seen. I don’t want what others have, I want what God has specifically for me because there is purpose in that blessing. With that mentality, jealousy will not reside in my heart, my mind or my thoughts.

“For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.”

2  CORINTHIANS  12:20

Just some thoughts from a writer who wants to see the goodness of the Lord in everyone’s life, that they may come to know, personally, of the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just saying . . . .

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