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Devotional - week of October 16, 2016


VICTORY OVER JEALOUSY

Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.  Matthew 27:17-18

The viciousness that jealousy can bring to the human heart is vividly revealed in the death of Jesus. It was because of jealousy the Jewish leaders wanted Him crucified.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: … contentions, jealousies … heresies, envy Galatians 5:19a, 20b

Could it be that the Spirit of God led Paul to put both envy and jealousy as works of the flesh because of the words he places before them. Jealousy causes both contentions and heresies. How many churches have divided, and how many new denominations have been started as the result of jealousy? Many!

A person does not become jealous of just anyone. He becomes jealous of someone in his own group. It is probably the result of a spirit of competition.

For example, it is not likely that a carpenter will be jealous of a scientist—unless the scientist is his brother who is prosperous and/or famous.

The passages above indicate the tragic result of some cases of jealousy. But there is another side to the result of jealousy—the grief it brings to one who loves God and hates himself for his jealousy.

There is good news. Victory is possible.

Joe was jealous of his preacher brethren when God used them in ways he did not use him. He repented over and over. H he wept about his sin. He privately recommitted his life to God. He prayed for deliverance. He read his Bible looking for help. There was no victory.

Victory did not come until God revealed to him his union with Christ and he began living by grace.

It is a victory available to all believers.