Jealousy is when you count someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Jealousy is something we all struggle with sometimes. Overcoming jealousy and envy requires awareness of our emotional behavior and our reactions to others perceived success. Jealous attitudes and dispositions create negative emotions. Shakespeare called it the green-eyed monster and it can overtake your mind and consume you before you know it.
Envy and jealousy are very close in meaning. The word “jealousy” means “zealous vigilance; becoming hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage.” The word envy means; “the desire to have for oneself something possessed by another; covetousness.”
Faith and prayer can help you overcome jealousy and envy. Have faith that God has special plans for you. Pray for understanding and acceptance. Learn to value what you have instead of what you don’t have.
Jealousy and envy presents itself in just about every aspect of our lives. One might be jealous of another persons possessions or wealth. Or jealous of their beauty, health, achievements, job, marriage, social standing and the list goes on!
1. Stop comparing yourself to other people. God has different plans for each of us. What God has planned for your life is not the same as what he has planned for someone else. We each have our own journey to fulfill.
2. Focus on something besides yourself. Live your life to be a blessing to someone else. Change your priorities from yourself to others in need. There is always someone that is in need of help. Helping others makes you more appreciative of what you do have!
3. Focus on what is positive in your life. God has blessed you with many wonderful things in your life. Focus on the positive and be thankful for what you have.
4. Change the way you think. It’s not what you don’t have that you should focus on but rather what you do have that you should value and appreciate.
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” ~ Proverbs 14:30 (ESV)