sbjealousy

Jealousy

DICTIONARY DEFINITION: jealous adj. 1 .Fearful or wary of having someone take your place, esp. apprehensive of the loss of another’s affection. 2. a. Resentful or bitter in rivalry; envious, b. Inclined to suspect rivalry. 3. Intolerant of disloyalty or infidelity. (a jealous God)
Why spend time doing a Bible study on jealousy?
It’s not a “major” sin like murder or adultery, is it?
It’s quite normal to have twinges of jealousy every now and then, what harm is there in that?For each of these verses, observe what the life is full of, and find what kind of person has these problems.

Romans 1:21, 28, 29. Romans 13:13. 1 Cor 3:1-3. Galatians 5:19-21
1 tim 6:3-5. Titus 3:3. James 3:14-16.

As we continue our study, lets look into the lives of Bible characters who displayed signs of jealousy.
For each verse, notice who was jealous of whom, why, and with what result:

Genesis 4:3-12. Genesis 29:16-18, 30-31, and 30:1-3.
Genesis 37:3-8 and 11-28. 1 Samuel 15:26 and 18:5-11
Luke 15:28-30. John 11:25-53 and Matthew 27:1-26

Is it surprising to observe jealousy in so many families? Among religious people?
Jealousy and anger seem to go together. But is anger only directed toward another human being ? –
Who rejected Cain’s offering?
Who created Leah, less physically attractive than her sister?
Who could have made it possible for Rachael to have children early in her marriage?
Who was responsible for Joseph’s dreams?
Who told Saul that he would take his kingdom from him and give it to another?
Whose grace and mercy was the Prodigal’s brother questioning?
Whose teaching threatened the chief priests and elders?
JEALOUSY RESULTS FROM A BAD ATTITUDE TOWARD GOD AND RESULTS IN AN ATTITUDE THAT KEEPS US FROM EFFECTIVELY LOVING, WORKING WITH,FELLOWSHIPPING WITH, AND SERVING OTHERS. IT LEADS TO ANGER, BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION, COMPETITIVENESS, DIVISIVENESS,
BITTERNESS, AND HATRED / MURDER.

AM I JEALOUS OR ENVIOUS OF SOMEONE ELSE BECAUSE OF THEIR:
1. Physical appearance
2. Physical abilities
3. Intellect
4. Talents or gifts (music, art, language learning abilities)
5. Family members (spouse, children, grandchildren)
6. Possessions (house, car, boat, computer)
7. Success
The 9th and 10th commandments (Exodus 20:17) states that “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” covetous adj. 1. Excessively and wrongly desirous of the possessions of another. 2. Marked by extreme desire to acquire or possess.
WHAT CAN WE DO WHEN WE IDENTIFY JEALOUS THOUGHTS?
1. Agree with God that jealousy is a serious sin that we need to confess, ask forgiveness for and turn from. 1 John 1:8-9
2. Trust God
A. God knew what he was doing when he designed you physically. Psalm 139:13-16 You can accept the unchangeable things as his perfect design for the purpose he has in mind for your life. God evaluates people by looking at their heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 B. God provides everything that we need. 2 Corinthians 9:8 Philippians 4:19 1 John 5:14-15 C. God loves us just the way we are, but too much to leave us that way. He is in the business of transforming lives. Romans 8:29 Colossians 3:10
(1) Through authority, discipline. Hebrews 12:10
(2) Through trials, weakness. 2 Corinthians 1:9
(3) Through God’s Word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
D. God will deal with those who seem to get away with evil and prosper. We shouldn’t be envious or rush in and try to make things right. Romans 12:19 Psalm 37:11 Psalm 73
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF TRUSTING GOD?
1.Hebrews 13:5____________
2. Philippians 2:2-5 ______________
3. Romans 12:15 ______________
4. Proverbs 3:5-6 ______________

written by sue Found in 2005

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