7 Attributes That Can Make or Break You by Jimi Akanbi @JimiAkanbi
7 Attributes That Can Make or Break You by Jimi Akanbi
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Length: 156 pages
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Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
“Chapter 1: Jealousy is a Dangerous Character
Jealousy and envy between people should not occur in this world we live in. I say this confidently, because jealousy and envy mostly arise from covetousness, or from one person not being content with his or her material possessions, position, job, spouse, and so on. As a result, he or she starts to envy the one who has abundant blessings. God is the One who gives man all blessings, and He gives it as He will and no one can query Him. If man can realize this, he will refrain from envy and jealousy.
When you see a man prospering in his ways, do not envy him, because you do not know the measure of grace which God has given him. Therefore, instead of being jealous of the man, glorify God and ask for more grace upon your life.
Let me shed some light on this. Imagine you own a manufacturing company of a hundred employees, and one of your products becomes faulty. A customer shows up at your firm and is attended to by an employee. Will you expect the customer to complain and yell at the worker? Yes, this is what happens in this present world we live in! Is it the right thing to do? No, the owner of the firm should be the one responsible for the sub-standard product. The owner is the one who came up with the product idea and should be the one to become irate with. In this same manner, God is the creator of man. He is the One who blesses and prospers man; so, if anyone is jealous of his neighbor, stop and go face God, not man.
There are many results of jealousy and envy, including theft, hatred, murder, malice, anger, and so on. When man exhibits the genuine spirit of God’s love, he or she cannot harbor jealousy and envy in the heart. Love is a very potent spiritual weapon given to man by God. This is one great reason God made love the most important commandment in the bible.
If you look at the biblical scripture, you would see that Cain killed his brother, Abel out of jealousy because God accepted Abel’s sacrifice but rejected Cain’s.
Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering
But He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
You can see how jealousy leads to murder. After Cain had sinned against God by taking his innocent brother’s life, God placed a curse on him saying when he tills the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to him. God also said Cain shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth. Perhaps, Cain may have been very poor, miserable, without peace on the face of the earth, and missed his destiny as a result of the curse he received from God.
I hope you are now aware that the spirit of jealousy is not of God; rather, it is of the enemy. This spirit only leads to destruction. Let me shed some more light on this. I confidently say that the enemy is the author of jealousy, because in the first place, the devil was in heaven, but he became jealous of God and therefore, tried to commit treason in the heavenly kingdom. As a result of this, he was cast out of heaven. This act of jealousy was what made the devil an enemy of God.
The following biblical scriptures are about jealousy:
Place me like a seal over your heart,
Like a seal on your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Song of Solomon 8:6
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
1 Corinthians 13:4”