When we are envious of the talents, possessions or accomplishments of others, then we have not found complete fulfillment in God and–even if we have what we’re envious of–it will NEVER give us joy. Envy makes us unable to sincerely rejoice over the goodness that God has given someone else. If we find ourselves with even a twinge of envy, we need to quickly root it out because if we don’t, then a much deeper problem will take root in our heart. Envy is the enemy of love. When it is not rooted out and replaced with the satisfaction of knowing God, it will grow and become a monster capable of great evil. The Bible says: “For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” (James 3:16) What begins as an envious thought can end in unspeakable tragedy. The Bible stories of Cain and Able, Joseph and his brothers, Esau and Jacob, etc., all bespeak of the great tragedy caused by envy. However, it is also the cause of heartbreak and tragedies less terrible than murder. For example, a man who cannot rejoice and encourage his wife because she has talents he doesn’t possess, will never “love his wife as himself” and that envy will grow and destroy their love. When we must always seek to be the spotlight or make everything about us–it’s a sure sign we are held captive by envy. Envy is an antithesis of love, because God’s Word says that “love does not envy.” (1 Cor. 13:4) In order to consistently love others with ALL of our heart, we must quickly root out envy–as soon as we detect it. Our hearts are incapable of loving and envying at the same time. True friends sincerely rejoice over the blessings of each other. We should never make someone else’s blessings a pity party about what we don’t have. Finding our security in God’s love is the remedy for envy. The closer we are to Him, the more secure we become in who He made us and what He’s given us. When we are secure in God’s love, we are set free from envy and we are blessed by the blessings that God gives to others!