When the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the part of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. (Acts 5:17-18)
Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” When others are promoted ahead of us, get the credit for something we’ve participated in, are successful in an endeavor and we’re not, or get the new dream house we can’t afford, we’re jealous. It’s human nature. Hopefully, we recognize the need to pray before we retaliate out of selfish ambition. When we count others as more significant than ourselves and can be happy for them, God will promote us also.
Caiaphas, the high priest, acted from selfish ambition when he arrested the apostles and put them in jail. James 3:15 tells us: “This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.” Apostles don’t retaliate, they trust God for revenge.
Father God, I praise you for Your wisdom. Let me congratulate my neighbors and coworkers for their successes and be happy for them. Help me trust Your word that you will promote me when I humble myself under Your mighty hand. I pray in Jesus’ precious and holy name, amen.
4 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Acts 5:17-18 – How do I stop being jealous and insecure? – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 482”
Good morning, Jody! As I was looking for your response to my comments, I noticed that you had not commented on 479, 480, and 481.
I have not felt jealousy for a long time. It is a difficult emotion to deal with and it doesn’t feel good in my heart. I believe when you are grateful for what you have and you do not take things for granite, you eliminate jealousy. God wants us to be humble and live in humility. How can we be jealous when we are humble and grateful for everything that we have. I am not just talking about the things we possess, I am talking about the faith that we carry in our hearts. I am grateful that I am a Christian and have a relationship with God and Jesus.
Again, sorry. I am 1300 comments behind, but I always answer yours first. I was busy getting ready for the weekend in Jax and with the new puppy. I used to be jealous of people who could afford to take their families on extravagant vacations because I also wanted my family to have those experiences. But even that is wrong, and I am so thankful for the family vacations we did have and that we were able to have a family vacation in North Carolina for our 35th wedding anniversary. I have not been jealous for a long time either. Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I love you and am also thankful we both have a relationship with God and Jesus. Blessings, Jody
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