Monday, June 12, 2017

Anyone Who Hates a Brother Is a Murderer

Jealousy and Hatred Lead To Destruction

Read 1 Samuel 18:1 - 20:3

I can be clicking along, minding my own business and then suddenly I am hit with jealousy.  Maybe a friend calls and gives me good news...  Maybe someone that I admire, recently lost 10 lbs...  Maybe someone I don't know, but follow on Instagram, completed a marathon, signed a book deal, built a beautiful home or announced their pregnancy.  By the grace of God, I don't often find myself in these situations; but whenever I do, it steals my joy and leaves me empty.

This emptiness, if left unchecked, can quickly turn to hatred.  Hatred toward another believer.  Hatred toward someone that I don't even know.  And even hatred towards myself.

In 1 Samuel 18 - 20:3 Saul became jealous of David.  He wanted the attention and recognition that the people were giving David.  Saul's jealousy quickly turned to hatred and before he even knew it, he was attempting to murder David!  Saul was so "eaten up" with jealousy, that he threw rational thought out the window.

The times I am the most jealous are often the times that I am seeking my own agenda. These are also the times that I have spent very little time in God's word.  It is during these seasons of my life that I am left most vulnerable, feeling least loved, and knowing that I am vastly empty.

I want to deal with the jealousy that is already in my heart and be ready to fight it, the next time it rears it's ugly head!  Now, I highly doubt I will be throwing spears at people anytime soon; but God's word says in 1 John 3:15a "Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murder..."  I don't want to end up like Saul.  I don't want jealousy to slowly grow into hatred and spring forth into murder.

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