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But If You Have Bitter Jealousy and Selfish Ambition

October 28, 2014

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But  If You Have  Bitter Jealousy  and Selfish Ambition

“Bitter jealousy  and selfish ambition”  rob people  of the peace  they often long for.     A person might not even quite realize  that these are the things  that are ruining their happiness.     They become jealous  when another person  has something  they would like  —  when they imagine  that another person  has more  than they have  —  or when they dislike another person  and don’t want them  to have anything.     Their “selfish ambition”  might simply be based  on them imagining  that they are better  than others  and deserve  to have more  of everything.

When a Christian person  is trapped  by  “bitter jealousy  and selfish ambition”,  they need  to prayerfully consider  what God’s word says  in James 3:12-18,

Can a fig tree,  my brethren,  produce olives,  or a vine produce figs?     Nor can salt water  produce fresh.

Who among you  is wise  and understanding?     Let him show  by his good behavior  his deeds  in the gentleness  of wisdom.     But if you have  bitter jealousy  and selfish ambition  in your heart,  do not be arrogant  and so lie  against the truth.

This wisdom  is not that  which comes down  from above,  but is earthly,  natural,  demonic.     For where jealousy  and selfish ambition exist,  there is disorder  and every evil thing.    

But the wisdom  from above  is first pure,  then peaceable,  gentle,  reasonable,  full of mercy  and good fruits,  unwavering,  without hypocrisy.     And the seed  whose fruit  is righteousness  is sown  in peace  by those  who make peace.

James is explaining  that if one imagines  that they are  “wise  and understanding”  as a Christian,  they really must prove it  with their honest  “good behavior” —  “in the gentleness  of wisdom”.          Christian  “wisdom”  leads us to know  that we are sinners,  who need  to constantly  look to our Lord  and Savior  in faith,  hope,  and love.     In other words,  we must have faith  that God will provide  for our real needs  as He knows best.     We put our hope  in God’s promises  of eternal life,  realizing that the things  on earth are as nothing  in comparison  to eternal life.     And,  as Christ has loved us,  we are to honestly love one another.

James tenderly warns all Christians,  “For where jealousy  and selfish ambition exist,  there is disorder  and every evil thing.”     How true that is.     “Jealousy  and selfish ambition”  are the opposite  of faith,  hope,  and love.     When we put our full trust  in God,  always looking  to Him  in prayer  and praise,  He will lead us in  “the wisdom  from above”.     God  will show us  how we can keep our lives “pure”  —  be  “peaceable” in trusting God’s ways  for us  —  be  “gentle”  in our attitude towards others  —  be  “reasonable” in all our desires  as we trust God’s wisdom  —  be “full  of mercy  and good fruits”  as we live with others  —  be  “unwavering” in faith  —  and totally  “without hypocrisy”  as we rejoice  when God blesses others.

Resting  in peace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for preserving us  in Your wisdom.”

Love,
Margaret

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

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