David became the national hero after slaying Goliath. Jonathan, Saul’s heroic son, took a great liking for David and they became the best of friends. Saul commissioned David to lead his army and David had great success against the Lord’s enemies. But the women wrote a song. It went like this: “Saul has struck down his thousands and David his ten thousands.” This did not sit well with Saul. In fact verse 8 of chapter 18 of 1 Samuel tells us, “And Saul was very angry and the song displeased him… and from that day on Saul was suspicious of David.”

There’s an ancient story of an eagle that had out flown another. The lesser eagle saw an archer below and swooped down and suggested that the archer bring down the high flying eagle. The archer explained that his arrows could not fly straight enough because he didn’t have enough feathers. The jealous eagle removed several feathers for the archer. The archer missed. The jealous eagle removed several more feathers & the archer missed. Eventually, the jealous eagle ran out of feathers and found that he could no longer fly. The arched smiled slyly at the jealous eagle and killed him on the spot with an arrow guided by its own feathers.

Lesson from Saul and the jealous eagle: You better keep your feathers. The only person jealousy kills is yourself.

Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11