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Anger, jealousy and greediness

Q: How can we remove anger, jealousy and greediness from life?

A:  The emotions that you mention in your question have been with us forever. They are all part of our animal legacy. But as we evolve spiritually, we can do our part to eliminate them from ourselves, and help us understand and defuse them in others by our response to them.

The Urantia Book says that anger is " like a stone hurled into a hornet’s nest." Jealousy and greed may be offshoots of fear—fear of not having enough. And fear is called a "master fraud"—we know that fear is the opposite of love, which has no fear. All of these destructive emotions can be overcome by pursuing spiritual growth.

The Urantia Book teaches:

99:5.6 Any religious belief which is effective in spiritualizing the believer is certain to have powerful repercussions in the social life of such a religionist. Religious experience unfailingly yields the 'fruits of the spirit' in the daily life of the spirit-led mortal.

193:2.2 "And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace."

If you are having trouble controlling your own anger, greed or jealousy, seeking for God and his will in your life will help you to overcome; if you are troubled by any of these negative emotions in others, living in the Spirit will help you apply the fruits of the Spirit as a defense against those who would infect you by their unspiritual attitudes. The best response to any of these harmful attitudes is love, goodness, and positive, merciful ministry. Prayer also is a powerful response which keeps us close to God when dealing with unpleasant emotion.

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