1 John 3:11-24
Comparison leads to jealousy. Jealousy leads to hatred. If it reaches hatred, according to God, we’ve murdered. We’ve taken life. This is not the stuff of the family of God. This is not what Jesus did. He didn’t take life. He gave life away. “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” (1 John 3:16) Here is the purest most direct biblical definition of love: it’s to give away your life for the life of another. Jesus did this, and God said, “This is love – the best example of love this world will ever see.” You and I need to do a little self-testing with a passage like this. Are we like Jesus in how we truly want the best for others? So much so that we’ll give our very lives away? Or are we really struggling with comparison, jealousy, hatred, murder? The beauty of the gospel is that even if we come up with a failing grade when taking self-tests like this, grace is always near. If you envy someone’s peace and joy and relationship with God, lay it all down. Draw near to Jesus. Confess your sins. Let Him live in your heart. Walk in generosity. You’ll suddenly get everything you’ve always wanted. That’s the beauty of grace.