Thursday, May 28, 2009

Envy and Jealousy

Psychologists make a distinction between envy and jealousy. "Jealousy" is "I have it, and you don't, but I'm afraid that you will take it away from me." King Saul was jealous of David. However, the most common use of jealousy in the Bible is to refer to God, Who fears that He will lose us.

"Envy" is "You have it and I don't, but it rightfully belongs to me." The Bible uses words like "envy," "envious," etc., to describe people who want something that someone else has.

Most website articles dealing with jealousy and envy are written for people who have one or both traits. I'm going to be dealing with people who are victims of these traits as well; in other words, someone is jealous or envious of you.

I'll be posting about twice a week, and I hope that you'll feel free to comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jealousy and Envy

When Saul has slain his thousands, and David has slain his ten thousands, Saul is going to have to deal with jealousy.

I'll be doing something new here, combining Bible, psychology, and real-life experiences to discuss jealousy and envy. More than one successful Christian has been surprised to find that his or her church leadership is unexplainably hostile. But you can't go around blaming all your personal problems on jealousy. Can you?

I'll be posting about twice a week, and comments and personal experiences are appreciated.are appreciated.