30 Best Bible Verses About Envy V Jealousy You Need To Know
As a woman, do the following things ever cross your mind? ”I wish I had…her look, her ability, or her talent?” It can be so hard not to fall into the comparison trap which can quickly escalate into envy v jealousy if you aren’t careful.
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Now, I know where these thoughts come from…the lies of Satan. The devil puts seeds of doubt in your mind about your identity that you’ll start feeling jealous of another individual. Satan also wants you to question your identity in Christ. Again, Do Not Listen.
You shouldn’t play the comparison game where you become jealous of another Sister in Christ right? All women like to think they don’t but is this a true statement? Remember, you’re identity is in Christ alone.
Now, I can only speak for myself but I would be lying if I said I haven’t experienced envy and jealousy at times in my life. That’s why it’s crucially important to keep bible verses about envy v jealousy close by for reference.
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What does Webster’s Dictionary say about Envy V Jealousy?
The other element and the one that makes envy bad is that the desire is tinged with resentment that it’s going well for the other person and not for you. That’s what makes it envious.
Envy has an element of desire in it. Somebody has experienced an advantage or benefit in life, and you want that to happen to you. That doesn’t necessarily make you envious, however, because that kind of desire is okay when you’re drawn to imitate saintly people.
So in simple terms, envy is having a desire for something you want that another person has. You feel resentment towards that person who is enjoying whatever it is you are wanting also.
Next comes thoughts flooding your mind. You start thinking things aren’t going so well for me but things are going well for them, and it drives you crazy sometimes.
You begin to question why does it go so well for others when it doesn’t seem to for me?
Does this sound familiar to you? I know it does to me. One of my biggest is I absolutely loved leading the choir and now that my hearing is so messed up it isn’t possible for me to do so.
The music is too loud and I can’t hear through the earpiece. I do NOT want to feel envious but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t from time to time.
Where Does Jealousy Stem From?
- Low confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Comparing yourself to others
Do You Have Social Media Envy?
Social media is everywhere and we can become envious of the places our “friends” get to go and do whereas we may not be able to do them for various reasons. Be happy for them! Use social media to encourage one another with the words you type.
For this reason, let’s choose to be happy for them instead of getting jealous of them and start playing the comparison game which often causes you to spiral down in your spiritual life.
Trust me when I say I have been there and done that…Not a good path to go down at all!
10 Signs Of Jealousy
- They come off as arrogant and prideful.
- They’ll want to take credit for your achievements.
- They don’t want to hear about your accomplishments.
- They talk to others about you behind your back. (Gossip)
- They’ll want to compete with you in every aspect of your life.
- They come off as arrogant but deep down its insecurity they have.
- They’ll say your success doesn’t have to do with your efforts.
- They pretend they care about you when they’re actually full of envy.
- They’ll tell you can’t do this it’s too hard, and you’re not good enough.
- They’ll need to deal with the jealousy that they have within their heart.
Bible Verses About Envy
And you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s. Deuteronomy 5:21
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. James 3:16
Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? James 4:5
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, or envying one another. Galatians 5:26
Bible Verses About Jealousy
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. Psalm q0:3
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways. Proverbs 3:31
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Proverbs 14:30
Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Proverbs 27:4
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Bible Verses About Envy And Jealousy
Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 1 Corinthians 10:24
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7
Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 4:4
Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them. Proverbs 24:1
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. James 3:14
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:17-18
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Luke 12:22-23
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I know it’s not easy at times when we witness others prospering while it seems we keep struggling. Rest assured my friend…in Christ Jesus, you will be victorious in the end. Refer back to these bible verses about envy when you feel that nudge of envy starting.
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