34:14); yet, in Galatians Paul condemns jealousy in the same breath as idolatry (Galatians 5:19–20). I could think of three things that make a desire for someone’s affections sinful. Genesis 37:4 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him. In contrast to the sin of envy or jealousy, 1 Timothy 6:6 says that “godliness with contentment is great gain.” Envy or jealousy is the enemy of contentment because we cannot live in grateful contentment when focused on what we don’t have. Jealousy is not a sin when you are jealous over something that belongs to you. It progressed to hatred and—like Cain’s—it would have culminated in murder. Being jealous is not always wrong because God is a jealous God (Ex 20:5) that despises worship of other gods and so Paul wrote, “I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ” (2nd Cor 11:2). Keeping in step with the Spirit will help us to not live in our sinful nature, but rather live for Him. The Sin of Jealousy is everywhere, and as wives, we must be on guard. 9. Another sign of that someone might be jealous of you is when they happily give you some bad news on the pretext of doing you a favor. He created us. Suppose you’ve decided to go to the beach, but upon sharing your plans with your jealous friend, they instantly tell you that it’s going to rain for the next few days. Jealousy is not always a sin, but most of the time it is. Many people ask is jealousy a sin? God is a jealous God. The tenth commandment addresses envy and jealousy by forbidding covetousness (Exodus 20:17). Like Cain, Laban’s sin began with jealousy. God is referred to in Scripture as jealous, and jealousy is referred to in Scripture as sin. Jealousy is sinful when it is for affections that don’t belong to you. Jealous people are mighty plan-spoilers. Why is envy sin? The second commandment explicitly says that God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:4–5; cf. Jealousy is a sin.The Bible teaches, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant” (1 Corinthians 13:4). Such emotions cause strife and division, and are contrary to the teachings of Jesus, for He taught men to love one another and live together in unity (John 15:12; 17:22; 1 John 3:23). A husband will be jealous if he sees his wife always hanging around another man. The sin of coveting jealousy and envy in our modern age a pastor told me coveting a one of the last commandments because it is a root commandment that can lead to so many other sins and anguishes. It is not a sin to be tempted to envy, but if it is allowed to live and fester, it becomes destructive. Because it divides people. We are not to serve other gods. What is the sin of jealousy that this person who asked this question evidently is feeling eaten up by? 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