So, one of the 7 deadly sins is envy, and if you are being completely honest with yourself then you know that you have struggled with this before, if you aren’t struggling with it in life right NOW! So, before I get into what the bible says about envy, I want to define and discuss it a little, and get a little personal. So, lets start with defining envy.
Envy: A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck (very first definition when you Google, “Define envy”).
In living in the US and in a day and age that enough just never seems to be enough it is so easy to live in a constant state of envy. No matter how hard we try sometimes it is so easy to allow the flesh to overcome us and to want what others have, and in doing so we so often overlook the blessings the Lord has already bestowed upon us.
It is so hard for me too at times because so often I want to “have my cake and eat it too” so to speak. You see, my husband and I have made a CHOICE to have me stay home with my son so that I can be his primary care giver and when the time comes for school we will home school, so clearly I make $0 salary and we live off of what he makes. This is fine, this is what I always wanted and we have come to know and accept (he is better at this than I am) that our lives will not look like other peoples lives. We won’t be able to take the vacations, buy the clothes, or have the cars and homes that other people have, but we discussed, weighted, and decided that we would rather have me home with my son, and our other kids when they come along then having all of those things. “WHAT’S YOUR POINT LADY?!?” My point is that although we have made this decision, and are at peace with this choice, I still struggle at times with envy. Before, any one wants to jump in and say well then get a part-time job, work when he is home or anything else, I want to be clear that I believe this is a heart issue and even if I was working I truly believe there would always be something that came along that I wanted that would be out of our price range and what not. I am so quick to look at the things I want and think that I need and so slow to count up all my blessings and I lose focus on Him in it all. As I am writing this I am reminded of Matthew 6 when Jesus says, “‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.‘” I am so blessed by this verse because it reminds me that my riches and wealth are not here, but are in the Kingdom of heaven. The things of this world will fade away, but His kingdom is forever. So, here are some verses about envy, and what God, and His Word says about envy and why it is such a deadly sin.
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.”
“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.”
1 Corinthians 3:3
“For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
“Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
“Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,”
These are just some of the verses that speak to envy and what The Word, and therefore the LORD has to say on it.
I hope this has helped you understand a little more about envy and what the Lord has to say about it!
Stay tuned, tomorrow I will be writing on another one!