Love is Not Jealous

We are continuing our study in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. We find ourselves in the first negative verb describing what love isn’t. Paul will now run off eight negatives verbs of love.

Paul gave us two positive verbs of love which we discussed in the two previous posts.

Click to review. Love is Patient and Love is Kind

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous. Where love is, jealousy can not be, for they are mutually exclusive. I did write a separate post about it, click here What is Jealousy?

Jealous is ζηλόω (zēlóō) (dzay-lo’-o) = to burn with zeal, to be heated or to boil with envy, hatred, anger. Jealous has a good sense and a bad sense. Here the bad sense is in mind.

Love doesn’t envy other people or covet what others have because love wants the best for others. We read in Acts 7 this bad sense of jealousy. Acts 7:9 “And the patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. And yet God was with him,

The reason why love does not envy is because it is not puffed up. For where puffing up precedes, envy follows, because pride is the mother of envy.


We find this jealousy in the Corinthian Church. This jealousy popped its ugly head out many times and was one of the sins hurting the church at Corinth. The people had divided into factions because they were jealous of one another’s spiritual gifts. This caused Paul to say in 1 Corinthians 12:31…

But earnestly desire the greater gifts.
And I show you a still more excellent way.

I bet if we search our hearts we can find it in our personal lives as well. It can be in our churches too, their ministry is better than mine, why does he get all the attention! What about me? What about my gift?

What about our personal relationships? Are you jealous of a family member or even your spouse? Do you try to steal their thunder every time they have success and make it about you?

You see love doesn’t begrudge somebody else’s blessings. Love doesn’t hear that somebody has been blessed financially and go great, congratulations, but in your heart, you think why not me? Love doesn’t do that. Love says I rejoice and give honor to them.

Love doesn’t steal someone’s thunder or try to spoil their success, no! Love says to rejoice with them. We’ve all been around those people, you can see it in their face. They always pour cold water on it. But if you love someone, you rejoice in God’s blessings in their life.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous!

Comments 2

  • Lenny,
    Thank you for all you have done and continue to do in teaching the word of God faithfully. I’m personally thankful for this and your desire to mentor godly disciples within the church.

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