Envy makes someone exclude themselves and intelligence does not
“But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”
He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”
He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”
Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”
The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.” (John 9: 18-34)
When a person is envious, they exclude themselves from God’s plan.
God came to save everyone, but each person decides if they include or exclude themselves from the plan of salvation. If a person insists on being envious they will have feelings of inferiority.
When we do not use our intelligent faith, we are subject to use an emotional faith, which makes our personality, character or behavior not be included in the plan of salvation. For example, there are people who feel inferior to others, eventually envying them. The way they defend themselves and increase their self-esteem is to speak badly of those they envy. And by looking for a see reason or mistake to condemn them with, thus creating dissension and trouble. They do not see that their problem is inside.
The problem was not that the Jews held the Sabbath sacred, it was the envy they felt because Jesus had done what they could not. They did not manifest their faith and therefore could not be used by God.
Imagine if someone comes along to take your place and plays the role of a “man of God” that you did not. How would you feel? Envious! A person’s who reacts this way does not submit to serving God, but to serve only himself or herself.
When they called the blind man, they said to give glory to God. They did not see realize they were wrong!
When we use an emotional faith, we do not realize we are wrong.
We are not reading the Word of God to condemn the Jews and Pharisees, but to realize who they were and how they reacted. If you are envious, and separate yourself from others you are the one who will lose out. You will have bad eyes, hold a grudge, and have a burden.
The blind man was a free man! He did not have to stay in the synagogue to please them. He was cured and acknowledged that Jesus healed him.
“Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
He took on his faith! I appreciate and applaud this faith, not giving him glory, but because he believed he became independent and strong.
This is intelligent faith and this makes us be chosen by God. It makes us righteous before Him.
Many are not realistic or righteous because they use an emotional faith. This does not please God, because who can help when anyone who loves and defends what is unrighteous like emotions? If your emotions help you would not be suffering the way you are.
Use your intelligence! When you feel something contrary to what you should feel, think. Act with intelligent faith, because God is pleased when we base ourselves in what is righteous, because He is righteous, the Truth, and the Light!
Whoever accepts the Light, accepts the truth, and accepts what is righteous and they submit to learning. The Jews and Pharisees did not want to learn, they wanted to impose their rules. And if you are like them you will lose out because you exclude yourself.
I hope, friend, that you do not exclude yourself!
I will await your comments. Will you exclude yourself? What will you do to change that? Will you confront the feelings that are there from the past, from someone’s comments, or result of your five senses?
I leave you this space to think and comment.
Viviane Freitas currently lives in Portugal, developing a missionary work in Europe, alongside her husband, Bishop Julio Freitas.
She is also responsible for Godllywood across Europe, as well as promoting many projects that teaches women there true value. She is a presenter in the program “Woman Things” in TV Record Europe. She continues to work closely and actively in the value of the female role, through women conferences, in a blog and on the radio.
She wrote “The 40 day Challenge” and, more recently, the “21 Days”, giving participants the chance to experience true inner freedom, through a rational faith.
24th October 2014 at 10:44
thank you Mrs V I have learned. that if I allow my emotions and doubts to fill my heart,I will have unpleasant thoughts that will make me exclude my self.I need to be intelligent to use my faith and believe in myself. I need to trust God so hes plans may be fulfilled. my intelligence will make me accept the truth
3rd December 2016 at 20:28
I have had a hard time getting on track to achieving the goal of serving God. I think the only way to serve God and not oneself is by looking daily for God until he is found, in my case it has required much sacrifice. I will not give up because I know the Lord Jesus is soon to come to my encounter. And now, I don’t want to serve on the Altar for the purpose of being in the place I feel most comfortable in, church, or to be blessed in a relationship like I saw other Pastor’s wives being blessed in. I want to conquer what I want, not just for my happiness that is founded upon the things that I have; but upon the happiness I will produce in God if I am safe. That way, I think God will have the door wide open for me to serve Him.
All this I confess because I was very close to reaching my goal of serving God on the Altar but a certain word that I received from a man of God finished with what was left of me. And though I wanted to, there wasn’t true surrender, I could not face those words that I considered were “of defeat,” & brought my fall.
Rather, it was all a problem I had to resolve in the inside of me. I had to face myself and confront myself for the person who I really was.