Jealousy

  1. Mr. Moody once told a story which illustrated the only sure plan of getting rid of jealousy.
    “There were two businessmen–merchants–and there was great rivalry between them, a great deal of bitter feeling. One of them became a Christian. He went to his minister and said:
    “‘I am still jealous of that man, and I do not know how to overcome it.’
    “‘Well,’ he said, ‘if a man comes into your store to buy goods, and you cannot supply him, just send him over to your neighbor.’
    “He said he wouldn’t like to do that.
    “‘Well,’ the minister said, ‘you do it, and you will kill jealousy.’
    “He said he would, and when a customer came into his store for goods which he did not have he would tell him to go across the street to his neighbor’s. By-and-by the other began to send his customers over to this man’s store, and the breach was healed.”

  2. In South America there is a strange vine known as the matador. Beginning at the foot of a tree, it slowly makes its way to the top. As it grows, it kills the tree, and when at last the top is reached, it sends forth a flower to crown itself. Matador, means KILLER … jealousy. … It appears harmless when it is small, but if it is allowed to grow, its tendrils of malice and hatred soon clasp themselves around the heart and eventually kill the soul.

  3. I remember reading somewhere in a Grecian story of a man who killed himself through envy. His fellow citizens had reared a statue to one of their number who was a celebrated victor in the public games. So strong was the feeling of envy which this incited in the breast of one of the hero’s rivals that he went forth every night in order, if possible, to destroy that monument. After repeated efforts he moved it from its pedestal, and it fell, but in its fall it crushed him.

  4. Jealousy is the raw material of murder.

  5. Many lovely things pass out of life when jealousy comes in.

  6. One can be covetous when he has little, much, or anything between, for covetousness comes from the heart, not from the circumstances of life.

  7. Jealousy is a rebellion against God Himself, & the liberty & pleasure of His dispensations.

  8. Covetousness is a spiritual idolatry; it is the giving of that love & regard to worldly wealth which are due to God only.

  9. Americans sink millions of Dollars in unsound financial schemes, one of which is trying to keep up with the neighbours.

  10. If it were as easy to arouse enthusiasm as it is suspicion, just think what could be accomplished!

  11. Suspicion is like a pair of dark glasses–it makes all the World look dark.

  12. Suspicion is a mental picture seen through an imaginary keyhole.

  13. Jealousy is usually the mother of gossip.

  14. Envy is blind & knows nothing except to depreciate the excellence of others.

  15. Trifles light as air
    Are to the jealous, confirmations strong
    As proofs of holy writ.
    –Shakespeare

  16. The mature man is not threatened by other people’s ministries.

  17. If we love our neighbour we shall be so far from envying his welfare, or being displeased with it, that we shall share in it & rejoice at it.

  18. The prosperity of those to whom we wish well can never grieve us; & the mind which is bent on doing good to all can never wish ill to any.

  19. There are many roads to hate, but jealousy is one of the shortest of them all.

  20. As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.

  21. Envy of another man’s calling can wreak havoc in our own.

  22. There is no worse passion than envy.

  23. Envy provides the mud that failure throws at success.

  24. Sometimes criticism is nothing but a mild form of envy.

  25. Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.

  26. Jealousy is to the soul what sickness is to the body.

  27. Love is the glue that cements friendship; jealousy keeps it from sticking.

  28. The sunlight of love will kill all the germs of jealousy & hate.

  29. The only person worth envying is the person who doesn’t envy.

  30. When you feel yourself turning green with envy, you’re ripe for trouble.

  31. Jealousy is a form of pride, because you feel someone is treating you unfairly & you’re being mistreated, abused. So jealousy is really a spirit of complaint & murmuring which is, of course, born of pride.

  32. If Love is the major virtue, then hatefulness & selfishness & jealousy must certainly be the major crimes!

  33. Sometimes the jealous kill the ones they love the most, because of jealousy & anger!

  34. Aristotle defined envy as sorrow at other men’s prosperity.

  35. Jealousy turns to hatred for somebody that you’re jealous of. It says in the Bible of one fellow that after he had been in love with the girl, later he turned on her & the hate with which he now hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her! (2Sam.13:15)

  36. I don’t expect we’ll ever get completely over jealousy, because we’re all jealous some time in our lives, or at least we have that temptation, but we don’t have to be bound by it & held by its grip! It doesn’t have to have dominion over us

  37. Not only will love not seek that which doesn’t belong to it, but it is prepared to give up, for the sake of others, even that which it is entitled to.

  38. Beware of jealousy,
    It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
    The meat it feeds on.
    Yet there is one more cursed than them all.
    That canker-worm, that monster, jealousy,
    Which eats the heart & feeds upon the gall
    Turning all love’s delight to misery,
    Through fear of losing his felicity.
    –Spenser

  39. Envy is littleness of soul.

  40. The venom clamors of a jealous woman
    Poison more deadly than a mad dog’s tooth.
    –Shakespeare

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