Let us find
the seeds of our jealousy. Let us focus our energy on what is good, what is true, what is
honest and what is real and we will be building our personal and
emotional security. Then we will be the one others envy. Here are
some beautiful thoughts inspired by the writings of
the story of Cain and Abel? Thatís a story of envy and itís the
story of the entire human race. Itís a story that is replayed over
and over again in families, in organizations, in churches, in
offices, in schoolsÖ
Cain and Abel were brothers. They offered a sacrifice
to God and Abelís sacrifice was accepted while Cainís was not. Cain
envied Abel and killed him. (Genesis
spirit of Cain is the spirit of envy and it continues today.
We need to cast out the spirit of Cain from our
lives. Many envious people donít know theyíre envious. Actually,
envy is as common as the common cold but itís as deadly as cancer.
Itís like a mental cancer that destroys our lives, our
relationships, and our happiness.
Envy is one of the most destructive things on planet
earth. Envy destroys relationship. Envy kills.
kills the envier. It's a
lethal, slow-acting poison that over
time kills. The Bible is so graphic when it describes what envy
does to you. It says,
envy rots the bones
How do we know if we have envy? Sometimes, we donít
like someone because he/she offended us or hurt us. But sometimes, we
donít know why we donít like someone. We canít explain it. This
doesnít automatically mean we have envy. But it means weíve got to
ask , what does he/she have that we donít have but we want to have. If
the other person has something we donít have but we want to have,
then itís probably envy.
When it gives us pleasure to criticize the other
person, then we can almost be sure weíve got envy. We know, we have
envy if we secretly delight to hear the falls, faults, fumbles, and
failures of the other person. We find delicious satisfaction in
knowing he/she is getting his just rewards for being ďtoo proudĒ.
The root of all envy is
emptiness. Envy isnít about the other person. Envy is always about a
deep dissatisfaction with oneself. A person who is happy with
himself/herself and profoundly satisfied with himself/herself cannot envy others.
The feeling of emptiness and insecurity
comes from fear. Specifically, the fear of
worthlessness. And there is only one thing that can fill our
emptiness and heal our fear of worthlessness: Godís Love.
The antidote to envy is
for Godís Love. Celebrate your abundance. When youíre grateful,
youíre satisfied with what you have and envy will have a hard time finding a foothold in your
When weíre grateful for Godís blessings , slowly,
weíll be grateful for Godís blessings in the lives of others too.
Let's be genuinely happy for other peopleís successes. Let's share
in their joy and in their victory. Then something magical will
happen to our lives because thereís a law in the universe that
states that what we give, we will receive in abundance (Luke 6:38).
if we envy the blessings that other people receive,
we will be driving away those blessings from our lives.
Is there such a thing as positive envy?
Perhaps itís not envy but encouragement. If you wish
a person ill, it's envy. If you wish him well, (that he/she prospers more in his/her life so youíll even be more
inspired), then itís encouragement.
Envy comes with anger. Encouragement comes with an
abundance mindset, that thereís more than enough for everyone. When our friends get blessed, it doesnít lessen our chance of
being blessed because in
Godís Kingdom, there is no scarcity of blessings. There is only
abundance. The universe is a giant bucket of blessings that will
never run out. Be free from envy, love truly and be happy.
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Envy as Inspiration
As iron is eaten by rust, so are the
envious consumed by envy. ~Antisthenes
Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. ~FranÁois Duc
de La Rochefoucauld