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#177-G122 ~ Galatians 6 –a parenthetical study of jealousy before we start verse one.

Gary Googe Aug 25

We continue with our parenthetical study of ENVY. This serves as a bridge from Chapter 5 to 6 –- But please see my article on our website— Envy & Jealousy: What do we need to know?

Let’s review our first three points before we continue with #4—

1-Jealousy is found in both unbelievers and believers.

2-Jealousy and envy can spring from teaching that’s not consistent with the teachings of Christ through the apostle Paul.

3-Jealousy is sometimes the evil motivation for people to present the gospel message.

We continue our study here—

4—Jealousy can destroy love in a relationship.

These are things people know but need to be reminded.

Song of Solomon 8:6-7

6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

5-Jealousy causes discord and can divide families.

Acts 7:9-10

9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,

10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.

6—Jealousy can even divide nations.

Isaiah 11:13

13 The envy also of Ephraim [the northern kingdom] shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. [The northern kingdom was guilty of jealousy because David (of Judah) was not from one of the norther tribes. It was Judah that was appointed as the ruling tribe, not Ephraim.]

Principle: Wherever you have conflict, look for jealousy.

7—Jealousy is self-destructive.

Job 5:2 2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly [simple minded] one.

Proverbs 14:30 30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

8—Jealousy is the strongest of sins.

Proverbs 17:3-4

3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

We now continue with Galatians 6:1

1 Brethren [fellow believers], if a man [ANTHROPOS = a believer in this case] be overtaken [taken by surprise] in a fault [some form of sin], ye which are spiritual, restore [be a help] such an one in the spirit of meekness [in a spirit of love–not a busybody]; considering thyself [realizing this could happen to you], lest thou also be tempted.

**Never think there are certain sins YOU would never commit. This introduces what some have called the principle of mutual responsibility. We ARE our brother’s keeper.

2 Bear ye one another’s burdens [be willing to get involved and help], and so fulfil the law of Christ [the things Christ would have us do].

3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

Don’t ever think you’re above committing certain sins.

4 But let every man prove [DOKIMAZO = to test (examine) for the purpose of approval] his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

When you know you’ve done the right thing, you can rejoice in your work.

5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

We will be held responsible for the decisions we make—what we do.

I conclude here.

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