Jealousy is an emotion of displeasure over someone else’s good fortune. Constantly comparing ourselves to others leads to resentment and bitterness. If these negative emotions remain unchecked, they can poison our relationships. They can eventually flare into suspicion, anger and hostility.
This is what happened to King Saul. His jealousy caused him to distrust David, who had served him faithfully. Saul’s suspicious attitude led to hostility and irrational behavior. Instead of being grateful for David’s loyalty and steadfast services, the king repaid him with animosity and death threats. David was eventually forced to flee and hide in the wilderness.
Jealousy is not something to be excused or rationalized. Ask the Lord to examine your heart and show you if any of these symptoms of jealousy are present in your life. If they are, confess them as sin and ask Him to uproot them from your heart. Then focus on the faithfulness of God instead of comparing yourself with others.
I Samuel 18:5-16