HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
1. That passion of peculiar uneasiness which arises from the fear that a rival may rob us of the affection of one whom we love, or the suspicion that he has already done it; or it is the uneasiness which arises from the fear that another does or will enjoy some advantage which we desire for ourselves.
- A man’s jealousy is excited by the attention of a rival to his favourite lady.
- A woman’s jealousy is aroused by her husband’s attention to another woman.
- The candidate for office manifests jealousy of others who seek the same office.
- The jealousy of a student is awakened by the apprehension that his fellow will bear away the palm of praise.
- In ministry, some lazy ministers sit on their chairs and expect to function in the best of the church. However, when a true leader is placed in the top position the lazy minister silently tries to undermine the new Leader and set aflame his leadership. He will soon walk away from the ministry he claims he had loved.
In short, jealousy is awakened by whatever may exalt others, or give them pleasures and advantages which we desire for ourselves. Jealousy is nearly allied to envy, for jealousy, before a good is lost by ourselves, is converted into envy after it is obtained by others.
Jealousy is the apprehension of superiority.
Whoever had qualities to alarm our jealousy, had excellence to deserve our fondness.
2. Suspicious fear or apprehension.
3. Suspicious caution or vigilance, an earnest concern or solicitude for the welfare or honour of others. Such was Paul’s godly jealousy for the Corinthians.
4. Indignation. God’s jealousy signifies his concern for his own character and government, with holy indignation against those who violate his laws and offend against his majesty. Psalm79.
The stronghold of jealousy reveals how focused you are on other PEOPLE rather than on God. The spirit of jealousy traps you into unChristlike attitudes toward others and people for whom Jesus Christ died. And these attitudes can erupt into verbal assault through gossip, or insinuation, or slander.
Don’t be fooled by the pleasant countenance or smooth manner of those who are influenced by the stronghold of jealousy. In order for them to deal with the feelings of jealousy inspired by this spirit, they must recruit others to side with them. Their technique is to discredit those of whom they’re jealous, often by raising suspicion about them.
The spirit of jealousy can incite you to malign someone just so you can feel better about YOURSELF in comparison. Because this stronghold is so horizontally focused on people and the things of this world, it negatively impacts your WHOLE family. If your children hear you bemoaning your lack of certain material
goods, they too are going to zero in on wanting stuff. Whatever their friends have, your kids will nag YOU for it!
Cain was jealous of his brother Abel’s favour with God. But instead of using his frustration to find out why God wasn’t pleased with him and fix the problem, Cain opted instead to murder his brother. Jealousy is not a characteristic of a God-fearing person. Genesis 4:3-7