The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord. But when some of the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said.
Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium. And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts of the Apostles 13:44-45, 50-52 NLT
Jealously is a powerful trick of the devil to attempt to block the work of God. Even in the church, some people get jealous if God chooses to use someone else instead of them.
I had to work with one church on the verge of a split because the pastor decided to rotate who played the organ. One lady had played the organ for years, and when the pastor decided to give another lady a chance to play some, the other lady and her husband tried to get the pastor fired.
In this age of social media, jealousy can become a horrible tool of the enemy. This is because so many people base their happiness on the number of likes or comments on their posts.
Jesus told His followers that the distinct mark for His followers would be their love for one another. You can’t really love someone if you are jealous of them. If you love someone, you want the best for them, and you rejoice with them in their victories.
Sometimes it is easier to mourn with those who mourn than it is to rejoice with those who rejoice. Let’s be different—let’s celebrate each other’s wins. Let’s cheer each other on. Let’s be encouragers of each other.
Holy Spirit, help me to reject all jealousy in my heart. Help me to celebrate the wins of others. Help me to encourage others.
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