Whose Blessings Are You Counting - The Evil Twins Envy and Jealousy

Jealousy, envy, Genesis 37, jealousy is counting other people's blessings
Jealousy and envy are evil twins that destroy us...

They threw him in a pit and sat down to enjoy pita sandwiches. 

Perhaps Joseph's cries for mercy bothered them, but only enough to sell him instead of killing him. For the next 20 years, they watched their father suffer over Joseph's "death" but never repented or tried to rescue Joseph (Genesis 37).

What drove these brothers? Envy and jealousy, the same evil twins who hung Christ on the Cross (Matthew 27:18) and martyred most of the Apostles (Acts 13:45). 
  •  Envy: hating others because they have something we want.
  • Jealousy: fear that others are taking something we have.
It's easy to recognize these evil twins in history or in crimes of passion on the news.

But they also have more subtle side effects:
  • extramarital flirtations
  • difficult relationships with siblings or co-workers who have talents or possessions we lack
  • Consumer debt (buying things because others have them)
  • self-pity and self-centeredness
If you're struggling in any of these areas, take time to seek the Lord about them today.

8 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you dear Gail :)

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    1. Thank you, Sarah, and happy New Year to you too! May your 2015 be blessed!

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  2. I look forward to your love-notes every Day. thank-you and God bless you in 2015!

    p.s. maybe this is the year when I can learn how to 'pin' on pinterest...it seems I've lost my pin and don't know how to find it;-)

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Janet. It always blesses me to hear that Bible Love Notes bless someone. :)
      I encourage you to create a pinterest account if you haven't. It's all free and really is a great way to share God's Word on social media and find useful things yourself.
      And I always love it when I see people pinning devotions from BLN.
      God bless you!
      Gail

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  3. Great reminder Gail! Happy New Year to you! May your 2015 be covered by His blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Deb. I wish you a wonderful 2015 as well.
      Gail : )

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  4. Oh, this is a great post to start the new year.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Christine.
      Happy New Year to you as well.
      Gail : )

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