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Part 2:  Jealousy

Bottom Line

Celebration overcomes jealousy

Scripture

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up.” – Ephesians 4:29

Overview

This week we’re discussing jealousy. All of us have a person, or group that we’re jealous of in some way. There’s always someone out there who better at what we wish we were good at. Jealousy can be a major relationship killer. It can strangle the life out of even your best friendships because people that are jealous can’t celebrate each other, aren’t happy when the other succeeds, don’t feel good about themselves, and spend more time trying to hold each other back rather than push each other forward.

Hopefully, this week we’ll identify the friendships in our life where jealousy is causing dysfunction and start doing something about it.

Discussion Questions

  1. What/who makes you jealous?  What are some dysfunctional ways you deal with it?
  2. It’s amazing how quickly jealousy can make someone your opponent.  Have you ever found yourself opposing one of your best friends either to their face or in your heart? (opposing their success or their being funny, or them doing well at sport). Why is this so dangerous to your relationships?
  3. Celebration breaks the power of jealousy. Which friend or family member do you need to celebrate this week and how specifically do you plan to celebrate them?
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