Envy gets upset when someone else makes a lot of money, buys a nicer house, drives a better car, is promoted to a higher position or is elevated in status. Is someone coming to your mind right now? That’s the person you envy. Coveting wants what others have, but envy wants them to lose it! It wants to deprive them of the blessing.
Jesus warned us about these sinful attitudes when He said, “For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts…deeds of coveting…envy…” (Mark 7:21-22). If you are envious, it means you're not trusting God to provide for you and you're not thankful for what you have. Here is how to identify envy.
1. Envy COMPARES. Envy compares what we have with what others have. We look at their salary and think it’s too much. It bothers us when we see their status and what they own because they appear to have it better.
2. Envy COVETS. We desperately want what they have. God warns us about coveting in the 10th Commandment, "You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife...or anything that belongs to your neighbor" (Exodus 10:17).
3. Envy COMPLAINS. Envy complains when someone else gets a raise or receives a promotion. In the parable of the vineyard workers, the laborers complained against their employer because they thought they deserved more than the other workers. Their boss said they were envious because they didn't like him blessing their fellow employees (Matthew 20:1-15). Do you complain when a co-worker gets a raise but you don't? Envy gets upset and complains when others are blessed.
What is the Secret of Happiness? Instead of looking what others have, choose to focus your attention on God and His provision for you. Make a decision to be content in your current situation and thankful for everything you have. And finally, be thankful when someone else is blessed. It's only then that you’ll experience true peace and happiness. (Excerpt from Slaying Your Giants chapter 17, “ENVY: The Possession Obsession.”) www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com
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