"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ ... For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?"
1 Corinthians 3:1, 3

© 1977, 1998 by Diane S. Dew

I.    Jealousy is a sign of immaturity and carnality.

               1 Corinthians 3:1, 3

       A.    It is in Paul's list of the works of the flesh, along with adultery, idolatry,
                witchcraft, murder, etc.

                        Galatians 5:19-21

       B.    "... they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

                        Galatians 5:21

       C.   It should have no place among God's people.

                        Galatians 5:24, 26
                        1 Peter 2:1

       D.   The problem originates in the heart of man.

                        James 3:14

       E.   It is "evil."

                        James 3:16

II.   The effects of bitter envying" can be disastrous to the spiritual
      well-being of God's people.

       A.   Envy is the cause of many divisions and leads to discord among
              the brethren. It also results in confusion and turmoil.

                     Acts 13:45; 14:45; 17:5
                     James 3:16
                     2 Corinthians 12:20

       B.   It disrupts the bond of peace and leads to much contention and fighting.

                     James 4:1-2

       C.   Besides spiritually affecting one's personal walk (Psalms 73:2-3),
              having a heart of envy can lead to actually physically hurting others as well.

              1.   Example: Cain and Abel.

                            Genesis 4:5-7 with 1 John 3:12

                                   envy ---> anger (vv.5-6) ---> murder (v.8)

              2.   Example: Saul and David.

                            1 Samuel 18:7-9, etc.

                                   envy and hatred (w. 9, 29) ---> attempted murder (chapters
                                   18:11, 25; 19:10; 20:31; 23:14)

              3.   Example: Joseph's brothers.

                            Genesis 37:4-5, 11, etc.

                                   envy (v. 11) ---> hatred (w. 4-5) ---> ill-speaking (v. 4) ---> conspiracy
                                   to kill (v. 18) ---> kidnapping (w. 26-28)  ---> lying (v. 32)

              4.   Example: parable of the laborers in the field.

                            Matthew 20:1-16

                                   envy (w. 10, 12) ---> murmuring (v. 11)

III.   A person can be jealous of just about anything someone else has
       that he does not.

       A.   Possessions.

                     Genesis 26:14
                     Psalms 73:3
                     Luke 15:29

       B.   Another's gift (Genesis 37:9, 11) or position in God (1 John 3:12
              with Genesis 4:5-7).

       C.   Popularity or attention.

              1.   David and Saul.

                            1 Samuel 18:7-9

              2.   Joseph and his brethren.

                            Genesis 37:34, 23

              3.   The prodigal son.

                            Luke 15: 29-30

              4.   The Jews, as a reaction to the acceptance of Paul's message.

                            Acts 13:44-45

       D.   Another's income or pay.

                     Matthew 20:10-13, etc.

       E.   The word of the Lord.

                     Genesis 37:11

IV.   What is the answer or solution for dealing with envy in one's heart?

       A.   Seek God, to see how foolish it is.

                     Psalms 73:3-17, 22

       B.   Recognize the attitude for what it is: a sign of immaturity
              (1 Corinthians 3:3) and a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21),
              which must be crucified (Galatians 5:24).

       C.   "Walk in the Spirit." (This is a command; it a choice to obey.)

                     Galatians 5:25-26

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