10 Powerful Bible verses on Jealousy and Envy
Jealousy (noun, plural jeal·ous·ies) can be defined as resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another’s success or advantage itself.
It is also a mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., We can go on and on and give examples about jealousy but for the purpose of this article, I want to share with you some Bible scriptures that talks about Jealousy.
One funny fact about life is that everyone is bond to feel that his brother or sister is better than him or having one thing or the other than him/her. But the only problem is how you handle it as a believer.
Do you get Jealous because your neighbor is doing well at his job, career, family and and life generally? Or do you thank God for their lives and pray yours is better in God’s own way and time?
Galatians 6:4; Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else. I’ll be sharing with you here today the negative impact these two emotions factors (Envy and Jealousy) has in the life of a Christian.
Bible verses that talks about Jealousy and Envy
1. Proverbs 14:30
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
2. Mark 7:21-22
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.”
3. Job 5:2
“Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple.”
4. Proverbs 23:17-18
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”
5. James 3:14-16
“But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.”
6. Exodus 20:17
“Do not covet your neighbor’s house. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
7. Galatians 5:19-21
“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
8. 1 Corinthians 13:4
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
9. Psalm 37:1-3
“Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.”
10. 1 Peter 2:1-2
“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.”
Bible verses that will help you overcome Jealousy and Envy
Discover powerful Bible verses about jealousy and more in this collection of scripture quotes:
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you.
1 Corinthians 13:4
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 Corinthians 3:3
3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?