Jealously is a dangerous thing. Jealousy destroyed Saul. He become more and more jealous of David until it destroyed him, his walk with God, and his walk with others. It is dangerous thing to dwell on other people. Instead of focusing upon them, let us focus on ourselves, on our walk with God, with our walk with our neighbor, on what God has called us to do and who God called us to be.
New Testament Lesson
Barnabas is one of the true heroes in the Bible. He was able to see the good in Paul when other were afraid or worried. Barnabas was able to be his friend when he didn't have many; able to encourage him; help him; mentor him. If Barnabas hadn't done what he had done, Paul wouldn't have done what he did.
If we treat other the with the love and respect that they deserve as those made in the image of God, there is no telling what God can do! Let's respect and love each other, and let go be at work in amazing ways!
This leaper couldn't help be tell others about the great things Jesus had done for him. He just couldn't help telling about the hope of Jesus' love and mercy. The hope of Jesus' healing. The hope of Jesus' grace. How about us? Do our lives tell the story of Jesus' grace? Do the words we speak reflect grace? Do we build up or tear down? It's not just about "witnessing." It's about living a grace-full life. Do we do that? Do our words and lives tell of the great things Jesus has done for us?