The Problem of Envy and Jealousy

Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself. 2Saul took him that day and did not let him return to his father’s house. 3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, including his sword and his bow and his belt. 5So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and prospered; and Saul set him over the men of war. And it was pleasing in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. 6It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. 7The women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.” 8Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” 9Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on. (! Samuel 18:1-9) Saul was very jealous of David’s popularity but could not see that God favored David because of his obedience to His will. Saul had been rejected by God, Samuel had told him so, and yet Saul did not put the two things together so as to change his life. Jealousy is a very hurtful thing. It causes us to have ill feelings towards another for no good reason. It causes trouble in personal relationships. I causes us to want what others want and to be unhappy with what we have. Have you signed up for our on line correspondence course yet? you should. Just go to the “resources” tab on the home page and click on “correspondence courses” to sign up. You will enjoy your journey through the Bible.

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