"16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don’t be wise in your own conceits." Romans 12:16 WEB"16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom.22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, or, faithfulness 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let’s not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another." Galatians 5:16-26 WEB
Jealousy. There have been a great many men and women ruined over the impulse of jealousy. The Bible teaches us that while it is sinful for men (mankind) to be jealous, it isn't sinful for God (Deuteronomy 4:24). Jealousy is a sin for us because we aren't holy like God. The "Green-Eyed Monster" can take on many forms and arise for different reasons. Outbursts of anger seem to be very common and this kind of anger usually leads to other sins that can be fatal and destructive to the body and soul. Outbursts of anger are usually violent, crude, and malicious. Paul said to,"be angry and do not sin" (Ephesians 4:26). Jesus said:
21 “You have heard that it was said to the ancient ones, ‘You shall not murder;’ and ‘Whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause will be in danger of the judgment. Whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ will be in danger of the council. Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of Gehenna." Matthew 5:21-22 WEB
This text (without a cause) is actually disputed. In the modern critical Greek text that is used for most modern translations, "without a cause" is omitted. The World English Bible New Testament is translated from a Greek text that is called "The Majority Text," based on a text criticism philosophy called "The Byzantine Priority." It is similar to the "Received Text" that the KJV and NKJV are translated from, but not exactly the same. It is pretty much made up of the Majority of manuscripts, which are primarily sourced from the Byzantine family, where the "Received Text" and "Modern Critical Text" are both Eclectic compilations of manuscripts based on different philosophies of text criticism. Confused yet? Well, the main thing here is that whether or not the phrase "without a cause" is original or not isn't important because even if you take it out, when you compare it to Scriptures like Ephesians 4:26 and Psalms 4:4-5 the idea is Biblical and still helpful. Who knows, Jesus may have said it both ways! The truth is that human anger (just like jealousy) is "almost always" sinful.
The Humble and Lowly Aren't Jealous in Their Ways
Definitions are always helpful to me when studying this kind of thing. While we tend to know many words, we sometimes forget their exact meaning. My grandfather used to say: "Son, don't use words you don't understand!" A great many conflicts would be prevented if folks would just adhere to that simple philosophy. Therefore, I am big on defining terms.
Jealousy: ζῆλος - an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy.
The King James Version (KJV) uses the word emulations. This Greek word can be used other ways, but due to the language structure and context, jealousy or emulation is the best translation. Let's look at the English definitions of those words:
Emulation - noun The act of attempting to equal or excel in qualities or actions; rivalry; desire of superiority, attended with effort to attain to it; generally in a good sense, or an attempt to equal or excel others in that which is praise-worthy, without the desire of depressing others. Romans 11:14. In a bad sense, a striving to equal or do more than others to obtain carnal favors or honors.Jealousy - noun That passion of peculiar uneasiness which arises from the fear that a rival may rob us of the affection of one whom we love, or the suspicion that he has already done it; or it is the uneasiness which arises from the fear that another does or will enjoy some advantage which we desire for ourselves. A man's jealousy is excited by the attentions of a rival to his favorite lady. A woman's jealousy is roused by her husband's attentions to another woman. The candidate for office manifests a jealousy of others who seek the same office. The jealousy of a student is awakened by the apprehension that his fellow will bear away the palm of praise. In short, jealousy is awakened by whatever may exalt others, or give them pleasures and advantages which we desire for ourselves. jealousy is nearly allied to envy, for jealousy before a good is lost by ourselves, is converted into envy, after it is obtained by others.
Jealousy and emulation get in the way of us "loving our neighbor," because usually it is the neighbor we are jealous of when the "Green-Eyed Monster" arises. One principle that is rooted in Christian charity is that of "sportsmanship." Now you may care nothing about sports, and for that I am sorry. However, the idea is one born out of a desire to love our neighbor. I was always taught when growing up that it is easy to win. Everyone knows how to win! But do you know how to lose? A good sport may desire to win and certainly will be disappointed on some level that he or she doesn't win the event or contest. However, they are always happy for their opponent and will congratulate them if they win. If the opponent loses, the "good sportsman" is humble and respectful. They are kind and civil to their opponent during the contest (whatever it may be) and after. This can be displayed in many ways. However, the jealous man is full of pride and envy. He or she is rude, crude, and hateful to the opponent. They seek to make excuses for themselves if they lose, and if they win, they will flaunt it and "show off" to somehow display their perceived superiority. Many times they will accuse the opponent of cheating or misconduct whether it is true or not. The humble do not display jealousy, nor do they associate with those who do on a regular basis unless it is a desire for evangelism.
The Humble and Lowly do not Display Outbursts of Anger
When a person gets to the point of making an "outburst," there are many things that are usually in play before such a spectacle occurs.
Outbursts of Anger: θυμός - passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again. glow, ardor, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)
The KJV uses the old word "wrath," which I think is appropriate. However, "outbursts of anger" is probably a little more accurate and specific. That being said, the idea is laid out pretty well that those who live according to the flesh are driven by their passions rather than the Spirit of God. Therefore, results like an outburst of anger or wrath is inevitable.
Wrath - noun Latin - Violent anger; vehement exasperation; indignation; as the wrath of Achilles.
The wrath of God is pure, but the wrath of man is dirty, full of murder and malice. This contrast I think also helps us to understand why it is foolish to hold God to the same standard as mankind. He is the Author and Creator, we are the created subjects of His Kingdom. That being said, when we live according to God's design, that is when we will have the most peace and contentment (Philippians 4:11-13). It's like putting the right part on a motor you are trying to repair. If you put the part that is designed for the motor on it, the motor will run smoothly and with little strain. However, if you try to put the wrong part on the motor, it will run poorly and most likely break down a lot sooner. It is the same with humility and pride. Man was not meant for pride. Pride leads men to do things that are destructive to themselves and others. Humility is selfless and good. It is what we were designed for yet it has been marred by the fall. God through the power of His Spirit can get you there. Humility is unnatural to the carnal man, but with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:25-26). The wrath of man never brings peace and contentment. Our wrath is usually driven by fear, worry, jealousy, envy, and pride. God's wrath is driven by pure righteousness and justice. We have no such mantle to wear apart from Jesus the King. We cannot save our own souls, therefore, we do not have any righteous anger apart from God. The Humble and Lowly refrain from "outbursts of anger," because it isn't a fruit of the Spirit. The humble are patient, kind, longsuffering, and tolerant (1 Corinthians 13).