Summary: Dealing with jealousy.

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As people most of what we experience involves our emotions. We experience love, hurt, anxiety, stress, anger, jealousy, happiness, joy, and a whole lot of growing experiences that we will endure and repeat as we travel through this thing called life. We can’t begin to comprehend the spiritual breadth of life with just our minds. It’s an experience entangled and weaved in our very nature.

The spiritual world creates situations and circumstances in the physical world that prompts us to evolve. And evolving is what we sometimes call maturing. The spiritual element of life awakens us to what we need to see; it nudges us further along our path, and brings us closer to what we are to become.

How we feel about ourselves is determined a whole lot about what we see around us, and the people we observe and associate with. We compare and adjust to what we believe is the determining factor of what we consider to be our own ideals.

But each coincidence, each little adjustment, each little setback, and each stepping stone along our path, directs us to become aware of something more, something deeper, and a realization of “God is always in control”.

Some might not be able to see the spiritual complexities of what we are destined to be. They look at us from the outside, and determine what we are to be. They may even attempt to caution us, or deter us to what they believe our worth is. Their interpretation of “ourselves” can magnify a shame within us that can threaten our self-stability. If we aren’t careful, we may find ourselves wanting their qualities, so called successes, or possessions. When we do this, we’re looking outside of what God intended for us. We’re comparing ourselves to someone else. We’re constantly believing in another person’s view of us, and disbelieving in ourselves. We look in the mirror and dislike or skin, our hair, our size, our build, even our windows to the world.

But, brothers and sisters, God alone has already determined our destiny. He made us all special.

Song of Solomon 1:5-6 states: “I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.”

My message today is: Don’t let Hate Spoil your Great!

The Great King Ramses II, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Shonda Rimes, Michael Jackson, Queen of Sheba- Makeda, Mae Jemison, Misty Copeland, and President Barak Obama.

These are: King, Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer, Singer/composer, Queen, Scientist, Ballerina, and President of the United States.

What could all these great black people have in common? I’ll tell you.

They all had haters, blockers, discouragers, non-believers, controls, and restraints.

Leviticus 19:17 states: “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.

Just in case you didn’t know, or just in case you hadn’t heard, or just in case you missed that class; “haters are gonna hate”.

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