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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Envy

This isn't one of those "big," glaring sins that we think about very much. We pat ourselves on the back for all of the sins that we aren't doing, but this is a sneaky one that crawls under the radar, and can be devestating. We so much need to cling to God's way of looking at things, and toss aside comparing anything of ours to anything of the world's. Easier said than done...


Imagine a man who is happily married to a woman whose physical and emotional companionship he values and cherishes. He is successful in his profession. His children are well-behaved and accomplished. He is satisfied with his life until he attends his twentieth college reunion.

This is where he makes a crucial mistake. He tells himself that many of his former classmates have achieved a higher social and professional status than he. He also mistakenly believes that they are married to more educated and more attractive wives, and that they seem to have more money and to have traveled more often than he has.

A sense of failure begins to grow in his heart. Once a happy man, he is now wrongly focused on his circumstances. He loses his peace and contentment to envy and jealousy.

Proverbs 14:30 states, "A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones." King Ahab of Israel had everything. But he wanted a vineyard that was close to his palace. When Naboth refused to sell, Ahab pouted and sulked until his wicked wife, Jezebel, plotted to kill Naboth and to take his field to satisfy the envy of King Ahab.

There are people who have everything and are still envious for more. Even a godly man like King David coveted what another man had. As a result of his actions, he committed adultery and murder, and lost his peace by harming his fellowship with God.

Envy always leads to strife and a loss of peace. Are you longing for what you cannot have? Look to Jesus. Only He can satisfy the desires of your heart. He alone brings peace and contentment to your life.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

Don't be tempted to toss in the towel and give up the race. Shore up your confidence in God today.


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2 comments:

Tony said...

I think envy and its close cousin, pride, are both those sneaky sins that bite us when we least expect it. Being prideful, we expect at least what everyone else has, which leads to envy.

You're doing a great job with this blog. It's on my favorite Entrecard list.

Tony

Kgraham said...

Thanks... And I'm enjoying, and being challenged by yours big time.