“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” -James 3:16 (ESV)
Throughout history there are countless examples of political intrigue and assassination plots. In the vast majority of these cases the motivations are the same; jealousy and selfish ambition. It is human tendency to covet, to yearn after and seek to take something that does not belong to us. When such greed has taken over our hearts, we will go to any length to see that we obtain the object of our desire. That is why we see in the pages of human history, rival families squabbling over an earthly throne and leaders ousting leaders in an often highly violent fashion where every act of depravity and deceit is employed. What adds to this tragedy is that prolonged internal struggles for power ruins empires and kingdoms; rendering them ineffective and vulnerable to outside threats.
When we have allowed jealousy and an obsession over our selfish desires to gain a foothold in our hearts, nobody wins. Such attitudes only serve to degrade ourselves and destroy our relationships with others. The preacher Robert Schuller once said that, “Ambition without love is dangerous.” If compassion is absent from us, we can guarantee that our envy and selfishness will cause destruction wherever we go and shatter our unity amongst each other. However, through Christ we can spare ourselves of this misery. When we have allowed His Spirit to enter in our hearts and carry out His redemptive work in our lives, He will fill us with His love. Christ will open our eyes to see ourselves and those around us as being created in the image of God and therefore precious in His sight. Our jealousy will be purged from us when we find our security and worth in Him, and rest in His faithful providence; enabling us by His Spirit to serve others and remain in harmony with God and with each other.
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