- What is the longest you’ve ever had to wait for something? Was it worth the wait?
- Read 1 Samuel 18:1-9. Saul’s son was best friends with David. His daughter was married to David. And David served Saul faithfully and courageously.
- Why do you think Saul became so enraged with jealousy?
- When you feel jealousy toward someone else, how do you deal with it?
- Read Psalms 142. How did David deal with Saul’s jealousy?
- Read 1 Samuel 24:1-13. What was David’s reason for not killing Saul? What caused David to have such convictions even though all his men urged him to take Saul’s life?
- What did David mean by quoting the old saying in v.13? What point was he trying to make to Saul and those around him?
- Read 1 Samuel 24:16-22 and 26:21. Did Saul keep his word? Why was he worried about his descendants?
- If you have time, read chapter 26 of 1 Samuel. Why do you think God allowed David the opportunity to take the life of Saul?
- Was God trying to get Saul’s attention?
- Was God testing David’s convictions?
- Have you ever thought about how Saul’s story could have been different if jealousy had not consumed his life? How would David’s story have been different if revenge had consumed his?
- Have experiences of jealousy or revenge in your life affected your story? Share with the group.
- Think of the following statement, “If we are honest, the greatest regrets in life are when we take situations into our own hands.” What if we practice 1 Samuel 24:12 when we are jealous or wronged instead of taking situations into our own hands? How might the outcomes change?
Take away from Troy: “The greatest blessings come when we put our head down: literally and figuratively, trust God, work hard and follow him.”
What Does The Bible Say About Overcoming Jealousy?
Daily Scripture Readings:
Day 1: 1 Samuel 26: 1-12
Day 2: 1 Samuel 26: 13-25
Day 3: Proverbs 16:3; 11:21; 15:13
Day 4: Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:29; Hebrews 13:5-6
Day 5: 1 Timothy 6:6-12
Day 6: Philippians 4:11-13
Day 7: Romans 12:17-21