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Jealousy

Jealousy is culpable for more church splits than doctrinal differences. People may dress up their disagreements in doctrine but the naked truth is that they simply do not like the other person and/or group. Once jealousy has taken root it is very difficult to weed out.
Envy is not jealousy. Envy is wanting something that you don't have. Jealousy is hating the person for it. Feeling that you deserve something, or that another person does not deserve something, or that you are better than someone could all be sources of jealousy. For example; A co-worker is promoted above you and you think that they are not deserving because you could do the job better than them. Jealousy is to continually look for ways to make that person look bad, pointing out all of their mistakes, or always trying to one-up them.
In the church jealousy is no different and when it is present there is destruction. James tells us that, "where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and ever…