The Jealousy Effect

Series: Significant Other | Week 5: Friendship

Read 1 Samuel 18:5-16


1. What factors made Saul take negative notice of David?
2. What emotions did Saul experience?
3. What was the differentiating factor in how the two men lived and responded to adversity?


Yesterday we read about the beginning of David and Jonathan’s friendship. One verse later we’re introduced to what would become the ultimate test of their friendship. Jonathan’s dad, Saul, quickly became jealous and angry over David’s success, which led to fear and rash behavior. The effect of his jealousy not only put David’s life at risk; it threatened the dearest friendship in his son’s life.

Jealousy may not seem like a big deal, but it almost always puts a wedge in friendships, whether our own or someone else’s.

Where have you seen jealousy creep into your own relationships? Have you struggled with envy toward someone else, or have you been the recipient of jealous attacks? Take some time now to talk with God about where you might be struggling or tempted to struggle in this area. If a specific friendship has been hurt by the effects of jealousy, confess any part you’ve had in it, and if needed, reach out to begin restoring what’s been broken.

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