Our attitudes can affect our health.  Too much stress can lead to cardiovascular problems.  Bitterness and anger affects our moods which, in turn, will lead to health issues.  On the other hand, I think that a cheery disposition not only leads to healthier bodies, but it makes those around us more cheerful as well.  What about envy and jealousy?  The book of Proverbs tells us that our attitudes do affect our health.

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
jealousy is like cancer in the bones. — Proverbs 14:30 (NLT)

Have you ever thought of peace and jealousy as opposites?  It’s true.  A heart that is full of envy and jealousy is hardly at peace.  Envy and jealousy make us want what we do not have.  Envy and jealousy are what fuels our desires to keep up with the Joneses and the Smiths.  They create stress in our lives and keep us up at night.  They make us put work before family.  Envy and jealousy make us lose sight of what is most important.  We want the things of this world that do not last instead of focusing on the things of God’s Kingdom which last forever.  Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount that pagans chase after the things of earth that our Heavenly Father knows we need.  He’ll provide for our needs and take care of us each day.  He only asks that we trust Him and find true contentment in Him.  When we are jealous of those around us our eyes are fixated on their stuff.  When we are envious of cars, houses, boats and lands, we lose sight of what really matters.

When are you most envious?

Are you satisfied with what God has provided for you?

With what do you find it hardest to be content?

Pray that God will give you the power and strength in Christ Jesus to be content in all situations and circumstances.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, help me to be content with all that You have provided.  Keep me free from envy and jealousy.  You know what I need and have provided time and again and I thank You.  In Jesus’ name, amen.


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