15th March 2019

The Green-Eyed Monster 

“…is your eye evil because I am good?
Matthew 20:15 (NKJV)

Do you know the phrase “the green-eyed monster”? It is found in Shakespeare’s Othello when Iago says, “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on”. Green implies it may make you feel physically sick, the eye is the window to the soul, and monster suggests that jealousy grows so big that it takes over all of your life.

Sometimes, when we compare ourselves among ourselves, we can get jealous because God is so generous. That’s the concept in the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard in which the landowner pays all the labourers the same amount irrespective of when they began to work. Those who have worked longer complain, and the landowner’s response is, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?” Let’s say that someone has been a Christian for forty years and another just for one year when Jesus returns to give each of them eternal life in full, is that cause for complaint? Note the Good News Translation, “Don’t I have the right to do as I wish with my own money? Or are you jealous because I am generous?” The English Standard version is, “Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?”

There’s no place for jealousy and envy in the Christian life. Paul admonishes us in Galatians 5:26 (AMPC) with these words, “Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.”

Prayer
Generous and gracious Father, thank you for all that you give to us, and help me please, through your Holy Spirit, not to envy what others have, and not to harbour jealousy in my heart. In Jesus
name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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