A Thought for Today – July 5, 2020

“Jealousy, the Root for Most Sin”

As we look at our sins and other sins we are aware of, most generally jealousy is involved. We want something that is not ours.
This has been an age-old problem. In the following scripture, Paul and Barnabas have just finished preaching. And the Jewish religious leaders are overcome with jealousy.

Please read the following verses. Acts 13:42-52

42 As Paul and Barnabas were leaving the synagogue, the people invited them to speak further about these things on the next Sabbath. 43 When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.
44 On the next Sabbath, almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:”‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'” 48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
49 The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the God-fearing women of high standing and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their region. 51 So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Jealousy can lead to stealing, adultery, hatred, murder, and a host of things. In my life, I usually have time to stop the sin that I commit. There is a time, perhaps very short where I think don’t do this or that. But many times sin wins out, at least more times than I wish it would.
I imagine you have those times too. When you do, just tell yourself to stop and think before you act. A lot of sin, hurt, and heartache could be avoided if we would do this.

Be Blessed, Be a Blessing.

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