Beyond Envy

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, 
and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. 
1 Peter 2:1-2 NKJV

Because we are frail, imperfect human beings, we are sometimes envious of others. But God’s Word warns us that envy is sin. Thus, we must guard ourselves against the natural tendency to feel resentment and jealousy when other people experience good fortune. As believers, we have absolutely no reason to be envious of any people on earth. After all, as Christians we are already recipients of the greatest gift in all creation: God’s grace. We have been promised the gift of eternal life through God’s only begotten Son, and we must count that gift as our most precious possession.

So here’s a simple suggestion that is guaranteed to bring you happiness: fill your heart with God’s love, God’s promises, and God’s Son . . . and when you do so, leave no room for envy, hatred, bitterness, or regret.

Discontent dries up the soul. 
Elisabeth Elliot

How can you possess the miseries of envy when you possess in Christ the best of all portions? 
C. H. Spurgeon

Is there somebody who’s always getting your goat? Talk to the Shepherd. 
Anonymous

What God asks, does, or requires of others is not my business; it is His. 
Kay Arthur

Too many Christians envy the sinners their pleasure and the saints their joy because they don’t have either one. 
Martin Luther

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, when I am envious of others, redirect my thoughts to the blessings I have received from You. Make me a thankful Christian, Father, and deliver me from envy. Amen