Luke 13:12 tells of a woman who had not been able to stand up or even look up for eighteen years.
The Pharisees ‘were indignant because Jesus healed on the Sabbath’ (Luke 13:14) but I think there was a twinge of underlying jealousy or envy there as well.
Would they have been more sympathetic if that woman had been their wife, mother, or child?
OK, I confess to occasional, if temporary bouts of jealousy. Be honest now. Don’t you too? Are we really happy for others when they get healed and we don’t?
Or when they get financial freedom and we don’t?
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
It’s time to confess our sins of jealousy and envy when the Lord blesses others in ways we want for ourselves.
Remember that Christ died for all, not just for you and yours.
He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but only for him who died and was raised to life for their sake. (2 Corinthians 5:15)