Envy is an enemy of love. When we’re envious, we have walked away from our close relationship with God and thus, we damage our relationships with others. Envy is not rooted so much in wanting what someone else has–as it is in our failure to find satisfaction in God. If allowed to remain and grow, it becomes a monster capable of every kind of evil. The Bible says: “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” (‭James‬ ‭3:16‬) http://bible.com/1/jas.3.16.kjv

What begins as an envious thought can end in unspeakable tragedy. The Bible story of Cain and Able speaks to the great tragedies of envy. (Genesis 4:1-16) Envy takes many forms and it can be subtle. For example, a man who cannot rejoice and encourage his wife because she has talents that he doesn’t possess, will never “love his wife as himself.” Envy will grow and destroy their love. Or, a co-worker who can’t rejoice at the accomplishments or promotion of another, is denying herself the freedom to love her co-worker with joy. When we must always seek to be the spotlight or make everything about us–it’s a sure sign we’re held captive by envy. Envy is an antithesis of love, because God’s Word says that “love does not envy.” (1 Corinthians 13:4)

In order to consistently love others with all 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!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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