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.


David Is Loved By Jonathan and the People
18:1-3  Jonathan saw himself in David & loved David as himself
18:4-5  Jonathan gave David a royal wardrobe - David was successful with the people
18:6-7  The woman sang to David "Saul has struck thousands and David his ten thousands"

  • Make a list of the people in your life that YOU connect with and naturally love.*

David is Hated by Saul and Saul Jealously Tries to Snare David
18:8-9  Saul became jealous of David
18:10-13  Saul tried to spear David; David fled
18:14-16  David had success in all he did
18:17-28  Saul gave David his daughter, Michal, as a snare for David
18:29-30  Saul was threatened by David and jealously-hated him because the people esteemed David
  • Make a list of the people in your life that YOU are threatened by or jealous of.*

David is Hunted Like an Animal as Saul Tries to Kill David
19:1-3  Saul tries to kill David but Jonathan warns David; David fled
19:4-5  Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul
19:6  Saul said that he would not kill David
19:7-10  David returned; Saul sought to 'pin David to the wall' with his spear; David fled
19:11-17  Michal helped David escape and lied to Saul about why she helped David escape
19:18-24  David fled and became like a hunted animal
20:1  David asks Jonathan what he has done that makes Saul want to kill him
20:2  Jonathan asks David to trust him
20:3  David acknowledges there is only a step between life and death
  • Make a list of the people in your life that are threatened by or jealous of YOU.*

*Take all three lists and lay them out in front of you.  Ask God  to guide you through the list...

List #1 - Thank God for the people He as placed in your life that are easy to love.  Send them a text or, better yet, a handwritten note thanking them for their friendship.

List #2 - Ask God to remove the jealousy you have toward these people.  If you need to make amends with someone on the list, do it.  

List #3 - Ask God to bring humility and love into your life for the people on this list.  If you need to make amends with someone on this list, do it.

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