ENVY AND JEALOUSY 

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“Envy is the greatest of all diseases among men.” —Euripides

Envy, jealousy, and covetousness are interrelated evils. Discontent with our position and possessions often indicates a self-centered attitude which leads to intolerant, resentful, and even malicious feelings toward a real or imagined rival. We may covet the success, personality, material possessions, good looks, or position of another. Then, in order to compensate for a frustrated ego, we make unkind and destructive remarks and submerge ourselves in self-pity, anger, bitterness, and depression.

Cain envied Abel because Abel’s offering was accepted by God while Cain’s was not. He became jealous, coveting what had been denied him (Genesis 4:3–8). Anger, bitterness, depression, and murder followed: “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:16).

Envy and jealous ambition motivated Lucifer to rebel against God: “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God...  I will make myself like the Most-High” (Isaiah 14:13–14).

The apostle Paul gives the all-time antidote to the sins of envy, jealousy, and covetousness: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12–13).

“A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.”

(Proverbs 14:30)

What Is Envy?

  • Envy is resenting the advantage of another, with a desire to possess the same advantage.
  • Envy is coveting what another has.
  • The Latin word for “envy” is invidere, which means “to look at with enmity.”

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Exodus 20:17

What Is Jealousy?

  • Jealousy is resenting another’s rivalry or unfaithfulness, with a desire to guard or maintain what one possesses.
  • Jealousy is possessiveness.
  • The Greek word for “jealousy” is zeloo, which means “zealous or burning with jealousy.”

“When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes. As they danced, they sang: ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.’ Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. ‘They have credited David with tens of thousands,’ he thought, ‘but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?’ And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.”

1 Samuel 18:6–9

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Grace Filled Words:

“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

Galatians 3:2-3

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

Additional Scriptures: 

Galatians 3:11

Proverbs 16:2

Romans 10:3-4

Matthew 20:1–16

Proverbs 27:4

1 Corinthians 3:3

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