Jealousy is a wicked feeling. Jealousy embodies ownership of something that doesn’t belong to you. Jealousy may be over a person, but also of a station in life, material goods, or even good fortune. We must work hard not to be jealous of others. We are, after all, commanded to not covet.
The Jewish Leaders Are Overcome by their Jealousy
Then the high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the apostles and put them in the public jail.Acts 5:17-18
In today’s reading of Acts, we see that the high priest and the Sadducees were filled with jealousy. Jealousy filled their hearts so much that they abused their authority in order to jail the apostles.
The main reason for the Jewish leader’s jealousy was due to fear. They feared that they would lose power the more that people learned about the Messiah. They feared they would become obsolete if Christianity took over.
Because of their fear, they were overcome with jealousy and abused their power. Putting the apostles in jail. They forgot the God promised to deliver them from all their fears. Instead of trusting in God, they trusted in themselves.
God Delivers Us From Our Fears and Jealousy
I sought the LORD, and he answered me, delivered me from all my fears.Psalms 34:5
One reason for jealousy is fear. Fear of loss. Fear of betrayal. Fear of scarcity.
Imagine, your friend gets a promotion and you get jealous because you wanted that promotion. You fear scarcity because you feel that there is only room for one person to be successful.
Or perhaps your spouse has to work late with her boss. You get jealous of the time they are spending together. Fear of losing your wife to another man grips you.
God promises us that if we seek Him, He will deliver us from our fears. When God says He will deliver us, He means he will take the fear away and give us comfort.
Jealousy is a Wicked Deed
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.John 3:20
Jealousy is wicked and wicked deeds like the night. When we get fearful and jealous we are taken to a dark place. A place of fear and anger. A place of resentment and pain.
When we choose the love of Christ we walk into the light. We are not jealous. Instead, we want what is best for everyone. We see abundance. We do not let false evidence into our minds, instead, the light helps us to see clearly.
God promises us that Jesus is the light of the world. That with Jesus in our lives everything will be lit up for all to see. No jealousy hides in the shadows because Jesus’ light is so bright.