TOPIC: Envy And Jealousy
TEXT: Gal 5:19-21; 1Tim 6:3-5
MEMORY VERSE: Gal 5:26
Envy and Jealousy are sins that reveal a self-focus that questions God’s work and provision in your life. These sins must be “put off” out of your commitment to live for Jesus Christ (Rom 13:11-14; Tit 3:3; Jas 3:15-17).
You have been freed from the power of all sins (Rom 6:6) including those of envy and jealousy which have a pronounced self-focus. You can be content in any circumstances (Phil. 4:11-13) and can have the attitude of Christ developed within you (Phil. 2:5).
1. Complaining about your circumstances or making unwholesome, unedifying statements about other people reveal a problem of envy and jealousy within your own heart (Num 16:3; 1Sam 18:7-8; Rom 14:10-13; Eph 4:29).
2. Discuss the following statements that indicate envy and jealousy:
a. “Oh, anybody with half a brain could have figured that out! She just happened to do it first.” (belittling ability)
b. “Sure, they’re rich. But did you ever wonder how they managed to get that much money? And I’m sure they don’t give sacrificially or help others in need like we do.”(belittling deeds, comparing self with others)
c. “You think she’s beautiful? Do you know how long it must take her to get that way every morning?” (belittling physical appearance)
d. “I don’t know why he is in charge of that ministry. You’d think the whole Church revolved around him, since everyone thinks he can do everything. Well, pride goes before a fall, I always say.” (belittling accomplishments and responsibilities)
3. Envy and jealousy both reveal a self-centeredness that is carnal, unloving and destructive (Pro 27:4; Mt 27:15-18; Acts 5:12-18; 13:45; 1Cor 3:3; 13:4-8; 2Cor 12:20-21; Tit 3:3; Jas 3:13-16).