It's a curious emotion, envy-listed by the apostle Paul among the worst traits, as bad as every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. It results from foolish thinking, Paul writes-the result of worshiping idols instead of worshiping God.

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When we really think about the subject of envy we find that when envy develops among believers, it's because our hearts have turned from our one true love. In our envy we are chasing after the inferior pleasures of this world instead of looking to Jesus. In effect, we have forgotten whose we are.

However there is a solution. Turn back to God. "Offer every part of yourself to him," Paul wrote (Romans 6:13)- your work and life especially. In another of his letters Paul write, "Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to some else" (Galatians 6:4).


Thank God for His blessings-not just things, but for the freedom of His grace. Seeing our own God- given gifts, we find contentment again. What talents, spiritual gifts, and blessings has God given you that you have forgotten to appreciate?

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