But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth (James 3:14)~ Do a survey of what you have: your home, your family, your job, your friends, your church, your health…your life… Now, how happy are you with it all? What if you had what I have, would you be happier, more or less than you are now? Would I be any happier with yours? Do you really even know? We won’t even talk money, cars and clothes because that’s just material.
God has blessed us with so much, yet we still find a reason to complain. People who are ambitious for themselves (it’s all about “them”) often become bitter against and envious of those who have succeeded or are further along. Rather than rejoice in or at least be truly happy for the blessing that has come upon the person, some people are jealous; they may believe they are godlier, humbler, wiser, more informed, more helpful, more truthful, and more deserving of a large platform, a level of achievement, a material gain or other blessing.
Yes, we know them as haters! We all have probably been haters at some point. But why does what one person has or appears to have versus what we have even matter? Why not look at what YOU are blessed with, rather than feeling disturbed about what someone else has…like you deserved it and they didn’t! In reaction, haters criticize and oppose, they fabricate opinionated reasoning (and yes, lie) to minimize the blessing and create the assumption that the blessed person was somehow undeserving or unworthy; all as they elevate their own position and distract from their delay of blessing or achievement in the process and simultaneously recruit agreeing followers – Sometimes the easiest way to make noise and promote oneself is to become the “public” critic of someone else.
But lift up the rock of irrational, overblown, unreasonable criticism and you will see the roach of jealousy scurrying away from the light of truth. Those who live in malice, envy and contention, live in confusion and are liable to be provoked and hurried to any evil work. It’s really okay to be happy for someone else’s achievement, blessing or placement in God’s plan for them. Rather than compare and complain about what someone else has, is or has done, why not get out of what you see materially in someone’s hand; what they wear, drive, earn, spend and where they live; and focus on the plan God has for you? God has had an idea specifically for you since His decision to create you – Before He formed you in your mother’s womb, He specifically knew you and He knows the plans He has for you – plans for a hope and a future… If you will just concentrate on knowing Him and the power of His creation, the life and love He has in store for you…seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all of these things (not just or even necessarily material things!!!) will be added unto you! Despite what the world tries to do to you… Or how it makes you feel to see another’s blessing…remember, you have the providence of God and all the promises of the Gospel. What God has for you it is for YOU! Stop comparing and complaining! Don’t be a hater!