Rodney Howard Browne warns against jealousy. Have you been envious of some other person’s success? Perhaps your neighbor brought home a mint vehicle this week, or maybe somebody at work just got the promotion you desired. When situations like these stir up inexplicable reactions inside us, we just could have an issue.
Envy is the emotion of displeasure on seeing somebody else’s good fortune. Let’s think about that definition for an instant.
First, it is an emotion. Are your feelings always the clearest indicator of truth? Most frequently, the answer’s no. In truth, Scripture asserts that our hearts are “deceitful” (Jeremiah 17:9). That suggests we can’t always trust them. We must instead concentrate on what we know to be true: God’s Word.
Rodney Howard Browne explains that it is distinguished by displeasure. Let me ask you a question: what pleases you? Does your joy rely on possessions and accolades, or do you draw your pleasure from the Lord? If your pleasure is present in “things,” then you may expect a tussle with jealousy at any moment.
Rodney Howard Browne explains that in our proud spirit, we believe that we have entitlement to somebody else’s blessings. In a way, we are saying, “God, You gave this thing to that person, but you need to have given it to me. You were wrong.” We may not say it so really, but our actions could be talking louder than our words. Envy works like a poison to interrupt healthy relationships. When you’re feeling the beginnings of an envious angle, ask God to refocus your attention from “things” back onto Him.