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Devotional - week of February 7, 2010


FREE FROM ENVY

 

A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.  Proverbs 14:30

According to this verse, envy is destructive to the life of an individual. Whatever the verse means in its entirety, it is certain that it means that a person living with envy in his heart will not be able to experience the abundant life. Envy is a cruel burden for any God-loving person to carry.

 

Envy causes one to do many destructive things. The most serious mention of envy in the Bible is recorded in Matthew 27:18. This verse reveals that Pilate realized that the Jewish leaders wanted Jesus to die because of envy.

 

Among other negative results, envy can keep us from growing as Christians by hindering our desire for the word of God. Consider a statement by Simon Peter.

 

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby … 1 Peter 2:1-2

 

Envy is listed with other works of the flesh in the lengthy lists of sins in Romans 1:23-32 and Galatians 5:19-21a.

 

When we experience the crucifixion of our flesh, in two ways we have victory over envy. First, envy is one of the works of the flesh mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21a. Crucifixion of our flesh means crucifixion of envy.

 

Second, when we experience the crucifixion of our flesh, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22). First Corinthians 13:4 says that love does not envy.