Have you heard of the curse of the green-eyed monster? The term was introduced to the world by William Shakespeare in his tragedy Othello. It refers to the green-colored complexion that sometimes accompanies an illness. It’s commonly used to describe a sickness of the caused by envy or jealousy.
Jealousy truly is something that can and will make your soul sick. It’s that hostility and resentment you feel toward someone who seems to have an advantage, privilege or perks you don’t have. It’s the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when someone gets something good you felt you deserved. It the threat we experience when someone close to us advances or succeeds beyond us. These situations expose our deepest fears and insecurities. It reveals our distrust of others, and sometimes our distrust of God.
What does the Bible say about jealousy? Proverbs 14:30 (NLT) states, “ … jealousy is like cancer in the bones.” Proverbs 27:4 (TLB) reminds us that “Jealousy is more dangerous and cruel than anger.”
What is the solution to jealousy? Security and trust! Remember, no matter what advantages others may seem to have over you, or good things that may come to people around you, you are loved by God. He cares about you. Be confident that He’s got good things for you too!