Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Green Eyed Monster

In Genesis chapter 37 the brothers of Joseph were convinced that their younger brother was their father’s favorite child. They were green with envy and jealousy every time Joseph was praised by dear old dad.

Their jealousy reached a destructive point and they were willing to beat him, drop him in a well and sell Joseph as a slave. They then faked his death to be rid of him and their feelings of jealousy forever.

Their feelings of jealousy were replaced by feelings of remorse and guilt for what they had done to both Joseph and their father. The green eyed monster of jealousy over ruled love, family and common sense. 

It is easy for us to become jealous of another’s good fortune and dive into “Oh woe is me” and forget our highest moral values in a moment of self loathing. When we become jealous of someone else we forget how much God loves us just as we are. That is a time when evil creeps into our lives and we are capable of creating a lot of pain for others and ourselves as well.

Practice the art of giving thanks for other people's blessings and yours will be more noticeable. 

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