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Jealousy is never a good thing when another person is the object of it. King Saul is an example of it. He was insanely jealous of David. The victory of Goliath and the Philistines gained much notoriety for David. Saul appointed him over the entire army of Israel.

David and his army proceeded to make a great slaughter over the Philistine army. When he returned, there was great celebration as he passed through the various cities on the way home. Women were awaiting the heroes, singing and dancing in the streets with tabrets and various musical instruments. They were singing “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” Saul was angered by this and was envious that they were praising David above him. From that day forward, Saul had an evil eye upon David. Several times Saul attempted to kill David or put him in a position to be killed, but God protected him.

Jealousy has no place in a believer’s heart, with one exception. We should be jealous for the things of God. That is a different kind of “jealousy.” It means we greatly desire the things of God. It is akin to envy. Do not envy or be jealous of the gifting God has given another person, rather desire the good things from God Himself. If we become jealous of another person’s ministry, or their walk with God, then it is not the things of God that we envy; it is that person or ministry. Nothing good comes from that. Good comes from God, not from setting your sights elsewhere.

Ask good things of God. Ask and you shall receive. He is a good Father. Ask in Jesus’ name, for they are one. 

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