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Monday, August 26, 2013

envy - comparison out of control (life under control week 5 day 4)

Envy hates others for perceived advantages. "Envy" means a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another's advantages; a resentful dislike of another who has something that one desires. 
In the Bible there are many times that envy was the root to harmful actions. (Jesus was handed over to be crucified, Matt 27:18; Joseph was sold into slavery, Acts 7:9; Paul was persecuted, Acts 13:45) In your personal life I'm sure you can think of times that you suspected the hurtful actions of other was due to some unknown envy toward you. Or perhaps you can more distinctly and confidently remember those times that you have hurt others unjustly because you were envious of them. Envy in our hearts is a direct attack on God's word. When we are envious, we are telling God he is a liar; for "my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19 ESV) Instead, we need to keep a heavenly perspective and not let our own desires become ungodly.

Mark 7:21-23 states that envy is an evil that comes from the heart and defiles a person. In Romans 1:28 and following, Paul describes those who envy as debased, not seeking the things of God. Galatians 5:19-26 describes those who envy as not inheriting salvation and Paul encourages us to edify each other instead of being envious. Titus 3 talks about how we were all once envious haters but through the blood of Christ and the regeneration of the Spirit we were made free! So walk in freedom!

Envy will only bring you down and lead you to hurt others. Pray for contentment and be free from envy. When you see others on Facebook enjoying what you think you are entitled to, instead rejoice with them in their goodness. Laugh with those who laugh and mourn with those who mourn. But always let God shape your idea of what you "deserve" in life.

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