Jealousy arises easily in our hearts. In the parable of the prodigal son, the
elder son is jealous that his younger brother gets such a royal welcome even
though he and his loose women swallowed up his father's property (Luke 15:30).
And in the parable of the labourers in the vineyard,
the workers who worked the whole day are jealous that those who came at the
eleventh hour receive the same pay as they did (see Matthew 20:1-16). But the
Father says to the older son: "You are with me always and all I have is
yours" (Luke 15:31). And the landowner says: "Why should you be
envious because I am generous?" (Matthew 20:15).
When we truly enjoy God's unlimited generosity, we will be grateful for what
our brothers and sisters receive. Jealous will simply have no place in our