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The Heart of Jealousy Isn’t Really Wanting More

Fear and jealousy.

They are really the results of thinking that things are not going to turn out right for us or those we love.

The devil stays very busy telling us that what someone else has is not only better for them, it’s better for us, too.

But wait.

Before we believe that, we first have to be convinced that we can’t have good things. They’re not meant for us. They’re meant for other people and not us.

It makes us feel anger and discontent when we see someone else’s fortune.

At the heart of jealousy is not that you want too much.

It’s that you don’t really believe that all good things are from above and come down from the Father of Lights.

He wants more for you than you do.

Jealousy says, “God has left me out.”

Faith says, “I’ll have that some day if it’s for me.”

Jealousy says, “God has forgotten about me.”

Faith says, “I’m just as important to God as that person is.”

Envy says, “I should have what that person has.”

Faith says, “God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.”—George MacDonald

Envy says you are been overlooked, mistreated, forgotten, and you are the only one who can fix that.

Faith knows that a future and a hope are already yours, and God is fighting your battles for you.

Faith knows, as C.S. Lewis puts it, that you are not told anyone else’s story. You are only told your own beautiful, breathtaking, answer-filled story some day, and that is enough.

 

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