Dealing With Envy

Have you ever wanted what someone else has? Maybe you like their car or truck or their house or something else they own. Envy is something most of us… if not all of us have experienced. When you are envious, you want what someone else has.
Envy is rooted in a lack of contentment in what we have. We have a home… but maybe it isn’t quite as large as someone else’s home. Or, we have an automobile… it runs… the air and heat work…. transmission is good… but it doesn’t have some bells and whistles that someone else’s automobile has. We can be envious of that automobile.
In Mark 15, Jesus is before Pilate. Pilate doesn’t find any fault with Jesus and he wants to release Him. He asks the religious leaders, “Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Then, Mark tells us that Pilate knew Jesus had been arrested because the leading priests were envious.
So, envy is so powerful, it was partially responsible for the death of Jesus. Are we envious of others? If we’re honest, we will have to say that we are. There are times that we want what someone else has. But envy grows out of a lack of contentment. And, we need to learn to be content.
How do we do that? We do it by being thankful for what the Lord has given us. We do it by not loving the things of the world.
Today, instead of envious of what someone else has, let’s be thankful for what God has given us.

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