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Introduction.

This series focuses on life-situations in which we commonly find ourselves stuck. Anger, Worry, Jealousy, Revenge, and Guilt are emotions and reactions that challenge most of us. We will discover what the Bible says about these things, and how Jesus sets us free.  

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SERIES TITLE: Unstuck--How Jesus Sets Us Free

PART FOUR:  From Jealousy

TEXT: Proverbs 27:4; James 4:1-3

INTRODUCTION.

This series focuses on life-situations in which we commonly find ourselves stuck. Anger, Worry, Jealousy, Revenge, and Guilt are emotions and reactions that challenge most of us. We will discover what the Bible says about these things, and how Jesus sets us free.

DISCUSSION

Which is more difficult to admit and why?

  • That you are angry?
  • That you are worried?
  • That you are jealous?

EXAMINATION.

  • Vv.1-2 How is wanting something you don’t get related to jealousy?
  • James is talking to Christians, so why does he use words like kill, covet, quarrel and fight? In what way do our frustrated desires produce those kinds of results?
  • What reason does James gives for not getting what we want?
  • V.3 How do we know when our motives are right?
  • If our motives are right, does that mean we will get what we want? Why or why not?

APPLICATION.

  • Consider the three action steps for getting unstuck from jealousy:
  1. Ask God to provide (James 4:2). How does this help?
  2. Question your motives (James 4:3). What does this accomplish?
  3. Celebrate your contentment (Rom. 12:15; 1 Tim. 6:6-8). How does “rejoicing with those who rejoice” and “being content with what we have” help us overcome jealousy?
  • When do you find it difficult to compliment or congratulate others, and how does that relate to jealousy?
  • Can you identify any grudges against God for not giving you what he’s given others?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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