Notícias | - 7:18 pm
Have you heard or even said words such as:
• “I wished I looked like she does; she’s so popular.”
• “Man, do I ever wish that I could play sports like he does!”
• “Did you see the new car he got, what a beauty! It must have cost him a bit. Someday I hope I can afford a car like that.”
• “Why can’t you be more like her husband, he’s so good at woodworking and making things. Why can’t you make things like he does?”
• “Everything seems to be so easy for them. God seems to bless them so much. It doesn’t seem fair.”
These are the kind of thoughts that go through the minds of many people, even those who consider themselves followers of Christ. These words seem harmless and may even motivate someone to try harder to be a better person or to achieve a goal. It might seem natural to compare ourselves to others and want to have some of their good traits or abilities, of course. The problem is that when a person feeds such thoughts, they are feeding envy and evil into their lives.
“Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them” (Proverbs 24:1)
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “envy” as a “painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with the desire to possess the same advantage.” Envy brings disorder, because it sets people apart and puts them against each other. Rather than focusing on serving God and rejoicing in how the talents of another person can serve Him, many people are envious of their neighbors. Envy leads to competitions, put-downs, gossip and hatred.
Let us consider how to deal with the root of envy. Envy is evil, and evil is envious. You cannot avoid envy, but you can STOP IT! Do not allow anything to stop you from fighting the battle against all evil. With God in your life, you can demand your freedom and achieve your goals.
– Bishop Bira Fonseca