Matthews 20:1-16 – Parable of the workers in the vineyard

  • the fact that we are jealous means we are not satisfied with what God has given us
  • be thankful for what God has already provided

Envy vs. jealousy

  • does God treat envy and jealousy the same?
  • shades of the same colour, but jealousy is a stronger word –> causes one to act

James 3:16 – “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”

James 4:2-3 – “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” Ask God when you want something, ask with the right motives, and ask if it’s God’s will for you to receive.

God is also jealous – ten commandments, James 4:5, 2 Corinthians 11:2

*** Why is God jealous? ***

  • He is jealous of something that is rightfully His
  • jealous of something that belongs to me vs. jealous of something that is not mine

Is it justified to be jealous of husband flirting?

Reflecting on James 4:5 – 神愛我們,若我們愛世界=背叛

十誡: jealous <–> 忌邪

神對我們的愛就像新郎對新娘一樣,要求她忠貞不二,愛戀之深達到嫉妒的地步

(References – Genesis 6:3, Exodus 20:3,5, Isaiah 63:8-15, Zechariah 1:14, 8:2)

若一段感情是神所喜悅的,祂會允許嫉妒的情況出現嗎?

“If a relationship is blessed by God and follows His words, will a jealous situation appear? In contrast, if a relationship is based on our own heart / our own wish, jealousy may very well appear.”

Greed and temptation go hand-in-hand with envy and jealousy, and is something we must learn to pray about.

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