Jealousy and Envy are dangerous attributes to have. More often that not, when we run across people who possess these qualities we are often wondering why. Why don’t they like me? Why are they doing this? When we need not worry about why because the bible says,” For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”(Ephesians 6:12) Many times people may not know why they are doing the things they are doing. It isn’t our jobs to figure out why something is happening but rather how are we going to handle what’s happening. Even in the midst of a bad situation or person we can choose goodness. Just because we are receiving negativity doesn’t mean we need to get into the petty game of tit for tat. Turning the other cheek has saved me many days. The bible tells us to love of enemies. Love is a powerful deterrent to negativity. Who ever said “Do the right thing” failed to mention that doing the right thing doesn’t always feel good. Whenever someone who is jealous or envious of you comes, follow these instructions:
Eye for Eye
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
If you pray for and love you enemies God will be bless you. Never be envious of other people, remember what God did for one he can do for another. All things are possible if you believe! I want to leave you with one last scripture before I go, stay faithful and do what God tells you in regards to dealing with jealous and envious people.
110 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.