GREEN

June 2, 2015

thinking over feeling

ENVY/JEALOUSY

 

Envy and jealousy are works of the flesh (Gal. 5:20) and a product of the natural sin of pride. Those who are envious or jealous may find themselves engaging in gossip, making snide remarks, and trying to build themselves up at the expense of others.

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

Sin, when full-blown, produces destruction, tragedy, and death (Gal. 5:19-21; James 1:14, 15). So if one is envious or jealous, he may soon find himself beset with undesirable, destructive emotions. A judgmental attitude is often followed by hate. This leads to spiritual murder, character assassination, and other sins against those of whom one is envious or jealous.

ENVY, JEALOUSY AND COVETOUSNESS

 

Envy, jealousy, and covetousness are interrelated evils. Discontent with our position and possessions often indicates a self-centered attitude which leads to intolerant, resentful, and even malicious feelings toward a real or imagined rival. We may covet the success, personality, material possessions, good looks, or position of another. Then, in order to compensate a frustrated ego, we make unkind and destructive remarks and submerge ourselves in self-pity, anger, bitterness, and depression.

 

Cain envied Abel because Abel’s offering was accepted by God while Cain’s was not. He became jealous, coveting what had been denied him. Anger, bitterness, depression, and murder followed. “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:16, NIV).

 

Envy and jealous ambition motivated Lucifer to rebel against God. “I will ascent to heaven. I will raise my throne above the stars of God. . . I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13,14, NIV).

You cannot have a fully developed Christian personality and harbor envy in your heart. We are told in Proverbs 14:30, ‘A sound heart is the life of the flesh, but envy the rottenness of the bones.’ Envy is not a defensive weapon; it is an offensive instrument used in spiritual ambush. It wounds for the sake of wounding and hurts for the sake of hurting.

The Apostle Paul give the all-time antidote to the sins of envy, jealous, and covetousness. “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12,13, NIV)

Envy, jealousy and covetousness should be converted into “fruit in keeping with repentance” (Luke 3:8, NIV). (See also Philippians 2:3,4.)

  1. Pray for those once envied.

  2. Look for the good in others.

  3. Get to know those once envied; learn to express appreciation for their assets and qualities which formerly produced negative responses and sin in you

“Since, then, you have been raised the Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you dies, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

                                                                                         Colossians 3:1- 4, NIV

“A sound heart is the life of the flesh, but envy the rottenness of the bones.” Proverbs 14:30, KJV

“Let your conversation (manner of life) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”                                                                                              Hebrews 13:5. KJV

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24,25 NIV

After pride this is the next biggest problems Christians have, but they often fail to recognize it.

We must practice the “cognizant” life, for every person you meet, think of the first emotion or memory you feel. If it’s positive then there is no problem, but if there are negative feelings ask yourself if envy or jealously could be the issue.

 

Thanks to all of you that have been praying for Olivia, she is out of bed and actually coming to visit us for the weekend, we are so happy that she has recovered as much as she can. Going from completely bedridden to up and happy and actually can travel a bit to see us.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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