Stress, competition, and cliques—the workplace is a breeding ground for jealousy. All of us are susceptible to it, and most of us will never admit to it, but it is there just the same.
The good news is with God’s help you can eliminate jealousy from your life once and for all.
Begin by seeing jealousy for the destructive emotion it really is. Paul makes the serious nature of jealousy clear in Galatians 5:20 when he includes it in this list of negative behaviors: idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, and factions. Earlier in 1 Corinthians 3:3, Paul writes, “You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?”
Jealousy goes hand-in-hand with “hatred … discord … fits of rage … dissensions … quarreling.” Its consequences are always negative. Jealousy is worldly and not of God.
The Source of Jealousy
God teaches us about the source of jealousy in the three passages below. All of the people in these verses, Rachel, Joseph’s brothers who were the patriarchs, and the Jews, share something in common which is: their own personal insecurities fueled their jealousy of another person.
Your jealousy begins in you and is fed by you. You are the source of your jealousy and not the other person.
Consider the following verses (Emphasis mine):
Genesis 30:1: When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister.
Acts 7:9: Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt.
Acts 13:45: When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying.
Your jealousy transfers the control of your emotions to other people–it empowers them instead of you. The key to removing jealousy from your life is to take back the control.
The next time you begin to feel jealous of a co-worker, use it as a warning to turn your thoughts back to your own talents and responsibilities.
Give the other person over to God and concentrate on your own strengths and goals. Do this and you will be too invested in your own good work to become jealous of others.
Remember 2 Corinthians 3:17 which says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Concentrate on your own resources, skills, and potential. “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2).