Rivalry and jealousy are connected. Rivalry is expected in sports – you want to beat your main rival and make them look bad. But in the Bible it is the opposite.
- Think of others as better than yourself.
- If you want to be great, be the servant of all.
- If you want to be first in the Kingdom, be last.
The disciples of Jesus fought among themselves to see who was the best. Jesus put a little child in their midst and said, “If you want to be great, become like a little child.”
If I am envious, I am in competition with somebody. If we are rivals, we can’t work together.
If you find yourself jealous, get rid of it quickly. Because Scripture says, “Jealousy rots the bones.”
- 1 Cor. 3:1-3
- 2 Cor. 12:20
- Proverbs 14:30