It has been a busy day today as our Father has given me opportunity to be with several special people throughout the day and the thing that stands out to me today is that each one of them is sooo gloriously and divinely created and special in their very awesome own unique ways!!! I smile in great appreciation and respect for our Father as I think about His creation – it is all good!!! Have you ever looked upon animals and observed all of the very unique qualities and the divine distinct differences that each one has??? So it is with people, too!!!
Can you imagine if a lion looked upon a mouse and said I want to be like that and no longer liked itself as a lion, saw itself as less than the divine it was created to be, inadequate, or lacking in ability to do what it was supposed to do in life because it saw itself through trying to be a mouse or imagine perhaps a giraffe that said I want to be a turtle instead of how God made me!!! Why who would harvest of the high-up produce Father gave to the giraffe if there was no giraffe??? Who would eat the divinely provided produce to be harvested next to the ground if there were no turtles doing their part to eat what is theirs?!! There would be lack where our Father desired to have orchestrated completion to His creation and its purposes!!! Two things would be as a result upon the discontent, wishful mindset:
- They would miss out on the unique greatness of what they could be and do differently from any other given to them by the grace of God!!! There would not be the divine them to be and do what they were created to be, so the world would forever miss out on what God wanted to offer to the world thru them!!!
- In their discontent wishful thinking, they would also spend their life preoccupied with not being able to do things that is not for them to focus on in life, seeking at the being of a clone of God’s design rather than a special Masterpiece of their own. Being themselves, they would be focusing on what they were purposed to do and having the divine joy that comes from knowing they are representing God’s good creation thru them and it is not falling by the wayside of discontentment.
As our Father’s kids, we should not let the enemy, flesh or world drag oneself down with discontent of being what we are not instead of enjoying the exhilarating opportunity to be divine YOU and me with all our Father’s fine unique embellishments of how He created YOU and me to be!!! Amen?!!
We can admire and appreciate God’s grace in others without letting it take away from His grace in ourselves is what Father speaks to my heart today!!! There is a fine line between admiration, envy and jealousy in our relationships. Each of them can be defined in these ways:
Admiration is to personally feel respect or approval for someone or something about a person. It is to look at something or someone with enjoyment or delight as King David wrote in Psalm 16:2-3 “I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing. As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.” Our Father admires us and “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Every good and perfect gift is coming down from the Father of heavenly lights.” (James 1:17)
Admiration of what our Father has created is good – what would change it from a good thing to a bad thing is to act upon the admiration in an ungodly way, a selfish way or to look upon it with distress when it shouldn’t distract from one’s own good. To view it with distraction from one’s own good would be called envy.”How can we praise our Father’s divine that we see in others to build them up in good ways and speak truth to ourselves, too???” Envy is different from admiration of what God has created.
Envy differs from godly admiration in that it always has the attachment to it of an ungodly sense. Envy is a two-part relationship. It is seeing our self as inferior to another because the standard we use to see our self is not the true worth or quality of who we are created to be in Christ. Rather than resting in Christ’s truths, we compare ourselves with that of others based on our own way or the world’s way of thinking instead of our Father’s. For example, I know there have been times I have thought with distress that I wish I had legs like that girl, thinking my own were inadequately created compared to hers, yet other people have seen the divine in my legs and complimented me on my own legs for being different from the divine way our Father made mine longer than theirs!!! lol Another example could be to distress wishing that I am sometimes male instead of a female!!! I have to repent of that in not appreciating my own uniqueness and His special creativity in me – in that it is to put down my Father’s perfect divine goodness and wisdom that He created into me for His purposes on earth for me, knowing that He has the best plan of good for me, my life, my purpose, my mindset and for others He places in my life. He has a completely different setup for someone else’s divine creation!!! Both are divine Masterpieces and our Father’s heart for us when we see His divine in others is to rejoice when others rejoice!!! 🙂 Envy aims at wishing or rejoicing in the destruction of another’s good to better one’s own good in their own eyes. Our Father’s heart is to also mourn with those who mourn. (Romans 12:15)
Our Father’s Spirit made to dwell in us was not given that we should be given to envy. Questions to consider: “Do we perceive we are lacking in worth or qualities that we see in another that we want for ourself???” “What does our Father say about that???” Envy differs from jealousy in ways, too:
Jealousy is a three-part relationship. It is to desire to have the same as another for oneself and in relationships, it includes a subject, a rival and a beloved. For example: In the story of Cain and Abel, Cain was moved by jealousy and killed his brother Abel because of jealousy for his beloved God’s approval. Our Father told Cain, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” (Genesis 4:7) There was room in God’s love for both of them had Cain chose correctly. We know that in choosing our Father’s finished work on the cross for our sins, that we are forever accepted by our Father and our sacrifices for acceptance are no longer necessary!!! Bless Him!!! Religious leaders in the days of Jesus and His disciples were jealous of wanting the people’s approval and they moved with their envy to kill and persecute Jesus and His disciples. Had they chosen correctly, they could’ve had a love relationship with Jesus, His disciples and the people, too. Our Father is said to be jealous of us over any other relationship in our lives!!! He wants to be our first love as He should be!!! His is a righteous jealousy and he actively moves out of jealousy in good ways for our best interest!!! Jealousy is to be moved to seek or desire eagerly, to burn with jealousy!!! Jealousy could be an unhappy or angry feeling caused by the belief that someone you love (such as your husband or wife) likes or is liked by someone else. If that feeling moves us energetically to act in sinful ways because of that, it would be to move in sinful jealousy without godly reason. Our Father calls us to love one another as He has loved us. Liking someone or being liked by someone is not sin so long as godly boundaries are not crossed. If godly boundaries are crossed, that is a different story. For example: If I have been jealous to want to have a brother, sister, family and ministry team that I like in my life because I like them and enjoy working with them, there is no sin in that if that is what my Father desires for me. If I continue to strive for that in an ungodly way, in that it is where my Father is saying no and those people are saying no and closing a door, I am in sin to continue to pursue that which is not of my Father. Our Father gives us the passion of heart and creates circumstances for us to be where He desires us to be. That is not wrong to have that divine heart passion for what He desires for us!!! For us to have the heart passion for ministry is sometimes a process for our Father to take us thru. Sometimes He has to completely close all doors on relationships before our heart finally is moved in agreement with our Father that the answer is no or He can keep open or reopen doors to bring about that which matches our heart desire. Perhaps our heart isn’t desiring to go, but our Father’s voice is sooo loud for us to go, we can’t not go even though we may be afraid and need to step out in trusting Him!!! For me, if I wanted to partner with those relationships for any purpose other than what is for our Father’s divine heart for me, I would be moving in sinful jealousy to have relationships that belong to my Father for myself!!! I sense my heart is right in my heart towards relationships before my Father at this point in time and seek to keep my heart open to His voice and godly counsel as He leads!!! Bless Him for His heart to help us all in life as we seek Him!!!
Oh this is lots of food for thought and I hope this helps in some divine way as Father has laid it upon my heart to share as it has helped me to understand the differences between admiration, envy and jealousy. It has to do with our heart and only our Father can reveal our hearts to us each individually and what is the right to do in our interactions with people that He puts into our lives. “God works in us to will and act according to His purpose.” (Philippians 2:13) Our lives are a learning and growing process!!! Above all of our relationships, our sweet Jesus is the One in all the universe to be greatly admired and adored this Christmas and we can all have His peace and rest in heart knowing that He loves us all with unfailing, unconditional love and never will He leave us nor forsake us!!! YAY!!! Know that you are divinely loved forever and we are all His forever kingdom family!!!
The power of our Father’s perfect love for us helps us to be able to see Him, ourselves and others in healthy godly loving ways!!! This song talks of the power of our Father’s love here. Let us draw near to Him to hear His beautiful heart that delights in each of us and can help us each to delight in the glorious of our Father in each of us!!! It is what will bring us the right heart – the divine heart that will bring with it divine peace that just makes us smile!!! 🙂