Ugly, Ugly, Ugly EnvyBro. Ron Rupé
5/22/2005 6:00 PM
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Envy is an UGLY thing. Envy is a work of the flesh. It is not a fruit of the Spirit. Envy is discontent at someone else’s good fortune. Why would anyone be unhappy when someone else is blessed? We should be rejoicing with them when someone has something good happen to them. Envy usually leads to hatred. Paul lists envying with murders. Envy causes all kinds of ugly feelings, actions, and thoughts. It is the beginning of many evil things. Envy murdered the loving and compassionate Son of God.
Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them. But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
"For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy." A parable had been spoken of these: "They shall say, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him and take his inheritance.’" They envied the position and ownership that Christ had. They felt threatened by his presence. Because of this, they said, "Crucify him." They worried about being rejected and displaced by Christ; their envy caused them to be excluded from the kingdom of God. If we have feelings of envy, it is no different than the envy that these had. Envy is envy.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Envy is the source of many other evil things. "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." Envy causes many ugly feelings, thoughts, and actions. It is the root of many other issues. It can be manifested in many different ways. It is the root of jealousy, competition, and other things.
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
John was not envious of Christ. If anyone should have felt displaced, wouldn’t it have been John? His disciples left him to follow Jesus. But John said, "God gave him what he has. He must increase and I must decrease. Why should I get all upset?" How do you feel when the Lord blesses someone else?
1 Corinthians 12:25-26
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
This is the Spirit of God working in the church. It causes us to care for others as for ourselves. If God blesses someone else, we all rejoice together. If hard times come, we all experience the pain together. This is a beautiful spirit.
Envy takes a little satisfaction when someone doesn’t succeed. It causes a feeling of "that proves something good about me." If someone is honored, envy looks for blemishes to make it less than what it was. When someone else is honored, why does it make you feel threatened? Envy is an ugly thing.
And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp. And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
Up to this time, Moses had something no one else had. God put his Spirit on 72 others. Joshua was upset, and felt the Moses as being wronged. Moses had no problem with God giving it to others also. He desired that ALL the people of God would have the spirit of God upon them. How about you, can you share when God gives you something? Do you have a problem if he gives it to someone else, too? How do you feel when others are used in "your" place? Moses wasn’t concerned when others were used of God. He didn’t feel the least bit threatened.
Promoting the prosperity of others is the best way to ensure your own success. When you help others succeed, you’ll be surrounded by successful people. Envy doesn’t believe this works. Envy can’t give away ideas and credit while doing ht work. Envy handicaps people by taking energy that could do good and focusing it on making sure that THEY get noticed. We should be glad whenever someone is blessed and work to make others successful.
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Envy isn’t only ugly; it is never satisfied. Unregenerate man desires to envy. If you try to appease an envious person, it won’t work. If one reason is taken away, they’ll find something else to envy. An unregenerate heart burdened with envy will only be satisfied when it is clearly on top and everyone else is beneath it. However, because envy can never clearly see this, it will never be satisfied.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
"…charity envieth not…" Charity is the only remedy for envy. Charity comes when the love of God is shed abroad within us. Instead of envy, there will be more excellent things. Charity is what enables us to rejoice when others are blessed.