Feeling Superior? How About Jealous?

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I don’t get jealous often.

Ok, if you tell me you got a book contract, I’ll probably jealous for a few minutes.  Then I’ll get over myself.

I’ve learned to find happiness in other people’s joy, not grow green with envy.

I can’t think of a darker emotion than envy; it stings in our deepest parts. Knowing I serve a good Father that loves me as much as he loves you, makes all the difference.

In celebrating your wins, I’m able to celebrate a loving God who loves to bless His children.

Your blessings don’t threaten mine. God has enough goodness to go around!

Growing up with a sister gave me lots of practice combatting jealousy. For years I thought my lack of jealousy signaled spiritual maturity, but I was blind to jealousy’s counterpoint growing in my heart.

Superiority is the opposite of jealousy, but just as destructive

As I walked one morning, God lovingly began revealing my sin of superiority. It caught me by surprise!

Through my earbuds, Andy Stanley described superiority and jealousy as two sides of the same coin. Both are caused by a poor understanding of God’s love.

Imagine a ladder with one person standing on the ground and another standing on the ladder. Jealousy looks up at the person on the ladder, wishing they had what someone else has. Superiority gazes down, glad to stand a couple rungs higher.

Since childhood, I’ve battled with feelings of inferiority. Gently, God pointed out how I combatted those lies by looking for ways I excelled.

I guess I didn’t really feel good about myself unless I could feel better than someone else. Mind you, this all occurred subconsciously.

Growing up in legalistic Christianity only further taught me to compare and measure myself against others. And subtle habits of the mind can be difficult to break.

Exposure is the first step, and God’s grace always abounds to us, regardless of the sin habit.

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If you know anyone who acts haughty, please know that they’re probably covering up for a deep-rooted insecurity. Give them love and grace.

Jesus continues to heal me. He constantly reminds me of my worth in Him and keeps pointing out how I’m no better or worse than anyone else.

That’s what I love about the gospel. It levels the playing field, leaving zero room for superiority.

The disease of original sin struck us all and left us exactly the same—needy sinners incapable of self-help.

Just as I couldn’t even see my sin of superiority, I can’t heal without His help either.

I read this beautiful verse this morning that shatters my idealistic plans of self-help. “No one will succeed by strength alone,” (1 Sam. 2:9 NLT).

We can trust God to heal and forgive us. Only He holds the keys to heart change. Don’t you just love how He deals with us in gentleness and kindness?

Have you ever been blinded to a sin, only to be totally surprised when the Lord pointed it out?

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