A Matter That Erodes the Sense of Belonging in a Family (Evening)
James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
In her thirties, it is fair to say that Aurel has a successful life. She has food, drinks, beauty, literation, and health equipment as her businesses. She is satisfied will all she has now. Until one day, her parents invested in her little brother’s small restaurant by a street. Surprisingly, the place becomes full of customers and in the short run has outlets in several areas.
Aurel was unpleased to see the success of her brother. She wants her business also to be crowded. She started to complain and no longer grateful for what she has. She became bitter and bothered when her brother tells her about his success. And out of nowhere, she felt that her parents love her brother more than her and would fulfill all his needs. In contrast, she needed to work on her own. This led to her being bothered gathering with her family.
Sometimes we can indeed be jealous of our family members. If we are not careful, such a thing will erode the sense of belonging in our family. Our unity will be jeopardized and torn apart. Therefore, draw yourself closer to God so we can be careful with our hearts. We need to learn to be grateful and fill our thoughts with positive things. With this, we will not be jealous. We may not be able to do this on our own, but with the help of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will have a sense of belonging among members of our family, and the blessing of unity will be manifested in us.
JEALOUSY ERODES the sense of belonging in a family.
1. Have you ever felt jealous of a member of our family? Why?
2. What did it cause?
3. How do you keep yourself from being jealous, and what do you do when the jealousy occurs?
“Lord Jesus, forgive us for the jealousy in our heart for our family or people around us. Grant us a pure and clean heart of Yours, so will share the goodness. We believe that when You are with our family, heaven will be manifested in our family. In the name of Lord Jesus, we pray. Amen.”