Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove
Faith Bible Church
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Salvation, Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:23-24, 4:4-5. Spirituality, Rom. 6:1, 6, 12, 14; Gal 2:20. Spiritual maturity, Acts 20:27-33.
LIFE OF DAVID – Part 45
THE WAYS OF LOVE VERSUS THE WAYS OF PRIDE, ENVY, AND JEALOUSY
A. The ways of true love, 1 Sam. 18:1-4.
1. The ways of love and true friendship, 1 Sam 18:1-4.
2. Before there can be any uniting of any two souls (in friendship or marriage), there must be accord between those souls, Amos 3:3.
3. One of the greatest blessings in life, especially when going through those required unjust suffering courses in the POG (Philip 1:29), is to have a great doctrinal friend—one with integrity, who is likeminded in the things of God, 2 Sam. 1:23, 1:26.
4. God, in His marvelous providential plan for our lives, includes both the blessings of friendship as well as bane of people testing as part of His plan to mature us—God brings in both those who will support us (1 Sam 23:16) as well as those who will challenge, oppose and test you (e.g. Saul).
B. God’s promotion of David and the difficulties within that promotion, 18:5-16.
C. The ways of pride, envy, and jealousy.
1. Jealousy is one of the most pernicious sins in the human race because it is so inextricably tied up with envy and pride and because it is the seedbed from which a plethora other sins and evil have flourished against God, the POG, Jesus Christ, and the human race.
a. Envy is the desire for something that someone else has, or a feeling of ill will over another person’s advantages in general.
b. Jealousy is a resentful suspicion that someone else has what
rightfully belongs to the jealous person.
2. The sins of pride, envy, and jealousy actually predate human history and were the root sins in the fall of Lucifer (aka Satan), cp. Eze 28:12-17; Isa 14:12-15.
a. Lucifer was originally created, along with all of the other angels, by and for the preincarnate Christ, the Son of God, Col 1:16.
b. The beauty and wisdom Lucifer (aka Satan) and his fall of pride, Eze 28:12-17.
c. Satan’s original sin of pride, envy, and jealousy, Isa 14:12-15.
3. “Jealousy” (as ardent love) is only used positively in two ways in which they refer to a sense of devout affection and a special love free from any mixture of arrogance, evil, or sin.
a. “Jealousy” as the ardent possessive love of God free from any sin or evil.
b. “Jealousy” as the ardent limited-possessive or “set apart” RM/RW love from the Lord SOS 8:6
4. All other instances of jealousy in the Bible refer to the sin and evil of jealousy which always includes a vast complex of mental attitude and emotional sins related to pride, arrogance, possessiveness, self-absorption, insecurity, fear, suspicion and tyranny.
5. The sin of jealousy is demonic thinking and is a chief strategy in the kingdom of darkness to attack and destroy believers and control the human race, 1 John 3:12-15; James 3:14.
6. Jealousy is one of the strongest of MAS as far as negative power and destructiveness, Proverbs 14:30; 27:3-4.
7. Jealousy as a MAS demands exclusive devotion on the part of others toward you and is intolerant of rivalry.
8. Jealousy is discontent with the blessings, successes, or status symbols of other people.
9. Jealousy is resentment of the attractiveness or approbation that a person receives.
10. Jealousy is selfishness and self-absorption and lacks capacity for authentic love.
11. Jealousy includes fear of losing out on affection, approbation and/or love.
12. Jealousy is tyranny over the volition and freedom of another person.
13. Jealousy is irrational and if left unchecked will lead to suspicions, delusions, psychosis, and neurosis.
14. In jealousy a person moves into emotional domination of the soul wherein they define reality and themselves in terms of their moods and emotional experiences.
15. Rejection of Bible doctrine leads to jealousy, 1 Tim 6:3.
16. Some Christians and Christian ministries are motivated by jealousy—and of course “moolah,” Philip 1:15.
17. Jealousy causes people to reject the gospel and the teaching of the Word of God, Acts 13:44; 17:2-4.
18. It was out of jealousy that the religious leaders rejected Jesus Christ and handed Him over to be crucified, Mark 15:10; Mt 27:17-18.
19. It was out of jealousy that Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, Acts 7:9.
20. It was out of jealousy that Cain killed his brother Abel, Gen 4.
21. Anytime a believer lives in jealousy, he is living like a pagan, 1 Cor 3:3; Rom 1:28-29.
22. Jealousy is a sure sign that the believer is not living the spiritual life, especially in regard to spiritual virtue love, 1 Cor. 13:4.