Envy Avoided the Counsel of God

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. (Matthew 27:1 ESV)

Out of envy, the priests and elders decided to have Jesus executed. No sin or crime was committed by him. He led an innocent and perfect life, something that no other person can do under God’s standards. He lived in holiness and encouraged people to do the same. He also preached on mercy, forgiveness, and the toxic nature of pride. But because their hearts dull and hardened, not even the miracles of God would convince the leaders that Jesus is the Messiah.

When they made this decision to murder the Son of God, they did not pray and ask the Father for guidance on the issue. They did not even bother to examine the Scriptures to see if there was any truth in what Jesus was telling them. That’s how dangerous envy can be because it breeds in us an malicious spirit and will take us as far harming another person without hesitation. We become blind and deaf to God’s word and opinion when we allow our sinful nature to override our thoughts and behaviors.

I thank Jesus that he gave the Holy Spirit to those who believe in him. It is by the Spirit that we are empowered to deny our sinful nature and obey God. He helps us discern right from wrong by speaking to us and telling us that what we are doing or what we are about to do is not right. This is what Christians mean by feeling convicted. It is the impression they feel when the Holy Spirit tells them, “Don’t do that.”

The more we are tuned into God and know his Scriptures, the more sensitive we become to the Spirit’s leading. And the more we yield to his lead, the easier it becomes for us to seek his counsel because we value what God values, and want what he wants. So whenever I get frustrated or angry over something, then I must make that my cue to pause and ask Jesus, “What do you think?” And if I am willing to listen, he will tell me. Then it is up to me to obey in faith.

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