At what point does jealousy become a sin?


#1

I’m a bit confused about the sin of jealousy. It sometimes seems to be an involuntary feeling, so I don’t understand how it could be a sin.


#2

We all have momentary fits of anger, jealousy, greed, etc. They can come as spontaneous feelings/temptations. However, it becomes sinful when you “entertain” such things; turn them over in your mind, start to feed them, dwell on them. Rather, work immediately to dismiss them by, for example, saying a prayer for the person that God may give them all good things for the fulfillment of His will.


#3

That makes sense. Thanks so much for answering my question!


#4

Sure! Just remember that things aren’t sins just because they appear in our minds. Our thoughts are a product of lots of fleeting things, including temptations. A prayer to Mary (or many prayers) is extremely effective in such cases. Just refuse from the get-go to entertain temptations!


#5

Involuntary - great word choice - describing jealousy !

The seven deadly sins -
ENVY -


#6

It’s a vice that can lead you to sin if you don’t keep it in check.


#7

You can’t stop feeling that passing feeling of envy. It’s like asking someone to completely remove the ability to feel sadness and/or anger. Impossible. You can control how you respond to it though. This (how you respond to the feeling) determines whether it was a sin or not. If the thought “Person A is so cool. He’s liked by everyone” comes to mind, it isn’t a sin to carry out the action of “I want to learn from him and be likeable too” (provided your intentions are good of course) but it is a sin to want to carry out the action of “I’m gonna sabotage him and spread false rumours about him. If I can’t be liked at the same level as him, then he shouldn’t!” THAT is a sin related to jealousy


#8

Jealousy is when others have better things than you. It hurts your pride. This pride is a sin which caused the fall of Lucifer in the first place.


#9

Our God is a jealous God - He wants to keep what is His.

Envy, on the other hand, not so good.


#10

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