A Cure to Envy

THE CURE FOR ENVY

Galatians 5:25-26

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (NKJV)

ENVY  ENVY  ENVY  ENVY

RESENTING God’s goodness in other’s lives

IGNORING God’s goodness in my own life

WHERE DOES (some areas) ENVY (can) OCCUR?

  • Envy at Home
  • Envy at Work
  • Envy at School

WHY SHOULD I AVOID ENVYING?

IT CAUSES CONFLICT WITH OTHERS

"What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?"
James 4:1

IT LEADS TO OTHER SINS

"For where you find envy ... there you find disorder and every evil practice."
James 3:16

Galatians 5:19-21, Mark 15:10

IT MAKES ME MISERABLE

"A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones!"
Proverbs 14:30

HOW TO OVERCOME ENVY

1.Resist Comparing Myself

"We do not dare classify or compare ourselves... (it) is not wise."
2 Corinthians 10:12

"Let everyone be sure to do his very best, for then he will have the personal      satisfaction of work done well, and won't need to compare himself with someone else." Gal. 6:4

2.Recognize My Uniqueness

"You (God) created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb."
Psalms 139:13 (GN)

"You saw me before I was born and scheduled every day of my life before I began to breathe."
Psalms 139:15 (LB)

3.Rejoice with What I Have

"It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else."
Ecclesiastes 6:9 (GN)

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."
Philippians 4:11

4.Respond to Others in Love

"Love does not envy."
1 Corinthians 13:4

"Love your neighbor as yourself."  Matthew 22:39

"Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep."
Romans 12:15

5.Refocus on Pleasing God

"Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things."
Colossians 3:2

"Don't be envious of sinful people; let reverence for the Lord be the concern of your life.  If it is, you have a bright future."
Proverbs 23:17 (GN)

HOW TO OVERCOME ENVY

1.Resist Comparing Myself

2.Recognize My Uniqueness

3.Rejoice with What I Have

4.Respond to Others in Love

5.Refocus on Pleasing God

 

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