Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:25-26 NIV
Have you ever experienced the “Green-Eyed Monster?”
This monster was created by the writer, William Shakespeare, in the play, "Othello". And, at times it has crept into my mind, seized my thoughts and entangled them into a ball of disarray.
It is the monster we call jealousy or envy. I truly dislike this monster because it appears all over my life. I have been envious of my friends' houses, jobs, or the fact they don’t have to work, vacations, their children’s progress, recognition of service well done even at church, their cooking skills, and, yes, even their clothes and how well they look in them.
But I am not alone. In the book of Esther a man named Haman, who was given the highest seat of honor by King Xerxes and Queen Esther, also experienced envy. As he moved throughout the city, Haman was given homage by all the people except by one man, Mordecai. In Esther 5:13 he exclaims, “All this honor gives me no satisfaction as long as I see Mordecai, the Jew, just sitting at the king’s gate.” Haman was so jealous he attempted to kill Mordecai and the Jewish people but instead he ended up hanging from the gallows himself.
From the example of Haman and the verse in Galatians, I am exhorted to put away this envy or jealousy. I am to keep in step with the Spirit. So, as that monster begins to bite, I need to stop, pray, and ask God to focus my thoughts on Him, His goodness, and all He has given me. God’s Spirit will prevail in that moment and this monster will be slayed.
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Slay the monster!
Dear God, Thank you for helping me when I become jealous or envious. I know that only through your words and strength I can be victorious. Amen.
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