Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Envy

I was listening to Revive Our Hearts radio program the other day when Nancy Leigh DeMoss defined jealousy and envy in this way:

Jeolousy is a matter of wanting what somebody else has.

Envy is a matter of wishing they didn't have it.

Often the two go hand in hand.

She then went on to quote the youth pastor of her home church who had this to say on the subject of envy:

"When personal envy puts us on the offensive, we no longer see the other person as being made in the image and likeness of God. We lose respect for them as an individual. And now that person becomes an obstacle to our personal happiness. Instead of enjoying them, you begin to despise them. Instead of valuing them, you degrade them. Instead of lifting them up, you boast about yourself. Instead of rejoicing over their giftedness, you downplay their contribution to the kingdom."

I've seen this very scenario played out in my own life and appreciated the way it was articulated here.

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