"A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones."
(Proverbs 14:30 KJV)
"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: "
(1 Peter 2:1, 2 KJV)
We should start with a definition of envy. Put simply it would be; envy is mingling a desire for something you want with the resentment that someone else is enjoying it while you aren't. Of course, things are going well for that someone else but not for you, you think, but Our Awesome God does not want you envious about it. You want what someone else has. Alright, but is that a sin? Yes! The Old Testament KJV usually calls it coveting and it is prohibited by the last of the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20:17 KJV)
The sin of envy is important for three reasons; 1) Envy is a part of the non-Christian and his life (Titus 3:3). So that means when we become Christians, we have been envious at some time. 2) This is a sin that sneaks in slowly and we don't realize it is there. We listen to others talk about their success in some area we have always wanted to succeed at but failed or they show off that new car that you have always wanted but can't afford, and a spark of desire and resentment pops up, then envy. 3) Christians don't usually discuss or even admit to this sin unless they say it jokingly. Check to be sure it isn't there.
If the Christian realizes he is envious, he would realize he couldn't enter the kingdom of heaven while being envious (Galatians 5:19-26).
It is always a good idea, when Our Awesome God brings a sin that we might be guilty of to our attention, that we research the sin as much as possible until we know we are or aren't committing it. Then, if we are committing a sin, find out the best way to stop doing it after we ask God to forgive and help us overcome it.
Envy comes partly from differences that can be found among people. But remember differences are good or we would become very bored. Yes, we should be grateful Our Awesome God didn't create all people with the same mental and physical abilities. We really want to be the best in everything we do and we should try to do our best but that can lead us to being proud. Get on your knees and pray until God helps you remove your envy. Check with our pastor at LWBC for the best way to overcome envy.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and evening (6:00 PM), and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM). There is also AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the Intercessory Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about how GOD IS AWESOME!
Flo & Bill