Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because it makes a victim of both parties. ~Gene Tierney
No lusting after your neighbor’s house — or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s. (from The Message)
The most successful people realize that there is plenty to go around. They are happy for someone else’s good fortune.
When you see someone living a lifestyle that is blessed make sure you don’t hold any negative thoughts inside of you about them. It isn’t your job or my job to judge them. We are not the success police. However, many people do.
Here are some of the thoughts that can be harmful:
They must have taken advantage of someone to get to where they are.
They have too much. They should give more away.
They must be greedy or selfish.
These are just a few of the judgmental thoughts you could have. Some people have judged others so much even though a part of them is jealous and wishes they had those things. What a confusing and dangerous place to be. Learn to be sincerely happy for others’ good fortune. God does want to bless us all, but sometimes we don’t know what to do to receive His blessings.
Remember this! Jealousy, coveting or lusting after the things someone else has is very dangerous. It can keep you struggling for years if you aren’t careful.