My friend, may I ask you a question? It has been said that jealousy is the greatest of all evils in that it is the “least pitied by those who cause it.” Think about it. Do most of us feel remorse for having uttered a bitter word when confronted with a frustrating relationship? Or, is it far too easy to allow jealousy to take over and make us into entirely different people than we intended to be?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
It has been said that jealousy is the greatest of all evils in that it is the “least pitied by those who cause it.” Think about it. Most of us will feel remorse for having uttered a bitter word when confronted with a frustrating relationship. However, when we employ jealousy, we’ve reached for the ultimate weapon. Unlike other emotions anchored in anger, jealousy has an insidious side to it. When we put our hand on the jealousy trigger, we’re unleashing the “silent” killer. This is the one that slips out of us like a skimming torpedo. We watch it with relish as it swims relentlessly to its target. Jealousy gives us opportunity to observe and partake in the feast of anger prior to its impact like no other emotion.
Here’s a story: Two shopkeepers were bitter rivals. Their stores were directly across the street from each other, and they would spend each day keeping track of each other’s business. If one got a customer, he would smile in triumph at his rival. Day and night they taunted each other as each strove to outdo the other. Pretty soon it got to be more than a game, it became a match in jealous hatred and anger. One night an angel appeared to one of the shopkeepers in a dream and said, “I will give you anything you ask, but whatever you receive, your competitor will receive twice as much. Would you be rich? You can be very rich, but he will be twice as wealthy. Do you wish to live a long and healthy life? You can, but his life will be longer and healthier. What is your desire?” The man frowned, thought for a moment, and then said, “Here is my request: Strike me blind in one eye!” (Source unknown)
Jealousy debilitates not only the target of our anger, it works on the giver as well. As we transfer our anger through our words and actions, we’re so intent at watching the track of our hate “torpedo” that we rarely if ever notice the breach that weapon has caused in our own life. It doesn’t take long for bitterness to grab hold, pulling us down just as fast as we’re attempting to pull down our foe. Before we know it, jealousy has captured our character and transformed us into slaves of anger and bitterness. Jealousy so impairs our ability to employ good judgement in our dealings with our neighbor that we often end up inflicting on ourselves the very punishment we so dearly desired for them. Our vision of the purpose and meaning of life itself becomes so narrowed when we see it through the angry eyes of jealousy that even our understand- ing of God’s will for us and our neighbor becomes blurred, even covered over. Next time, when the urge to launch that jealousy “torpedo” hits, try taking a serious look through the periscope of faith at the child of God who is your target. Jesus loves them as much as He loves you. Take your finger off the trigger and enjoy life, while you still have the time.
We pray. Heavenly Father, help those who are struggling today. May they experience Your love and show love in return to all they come into contact with. Help us to not be envious towards our neighbors and friends but rather to be happy for them and encourage them to go even further. Cleanse us of anything that breaks Your heart, O Savior. Help us live righteous lives, Heavenly Father. Because on this day we declare it, we decree it and speak it into our lives, in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
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