Let’s talk about envy.
It’s not talked about much, but is crystal clear when someone is feeling it in his or her voice, expressions, or actions.
Envy is such a poisonous feeling because it’s a mixture of love and hate.
You love that “thing” or person the other person has but you also hate that they have it and you don’t.
Two feelings that should never be combined and that’s why when we feel envy,
it leaves us feeling sick and empty.
It’s a sin we don’t address as often as we do others,
but is more common than ever in our materialistic world.
My friend and I were chatting about ways we struggle with envy.
Openly confessing that sin was freeing and the first step in not letting it fester within us.
And after seeing friends and family completely torn apart by the envy in their heart,
I’ll tell you that it is of paramount importance to start rejecting it today.
So I challenge you to take a moment every day this week to see where you are envious.
When you are filled with a feeling of judgement, dislike, or insecurity, ask yourself,
“Is it because I’m actually envious?”
Realize that we are meant to love people the way God loves us, and envy is not love.
Realize that God is faithful and when you are tempted,
he will also provide a way out so you can endure it.
After all, envy really comes from a heart that is not content with the blessings God has already given.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
1 Corinthians 13:4
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.
And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13