ENVY AND JEALOUSY (by ENIOLA LONGE)

But godliness with contentment is great gain – 1 Timothy 6: 6
     As much as we will hate to admit, every one of us gets jealous or envious at some point in our lives. We didn’t set out to be envious but it just happens. Everywhere we turn there is a potential person to be envious of. Envy or jealousy in itself is not bad. The bad thing about this emotion is what it can potentially make you do. The Bible in Proverbs 14:30 says, ‘A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot’.

     Nobody sets out to steal; but then they see a friend who has something they do not have. Something they couldn’t possibly afford and they want to feel equal. So the get it by all means possible. The vices of envy and jealousy are innumerable. From hate to murder to theft to fornication to a whole lot of other things.
     The Bible says godliness with contentment is great gain. I totally agree with this. As Christians, our Christianity is not by mouth alone but by actions also. So it’s quite baffling when you look at the church today and everybody is jealous or envious of some other person.
     We see a fellow Christian doing well and all we choose to see is what they are getting wrong. Just imagine if God chose to focus on our shortcomings, where would we be?
     If anything, we should rejoice when people around us are doing well. Envy and jealousy never brings anything positive to your life. It just causes pain. Recently, I was feeling a bit envious of one babe. Somehow I had found out that the guy I liked, liked her. Trust me, I wasn’t thinking pretty thoughts about her (I’m not proud of this). Moral of the story however, I had to ask God for help. I absolutely hate how envy makes me feel. I definitely could not have just stopped being envious; I absolutely needed His help.
    So I yielded my heart to Him. A lot of the time that’s all it takes. Yielding to the will of God.

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