Contentment is the first step in the ladder of happiness but envy is that banana peel small enough to be ignored but dangerous enough to bring you crashing down (Galatians 6:4-5).
Contentment doesn’t mean you are satisfied with where you are in life but you are happily aspiring for more. Key word is “happily”.
Envy turned Lucifer from the beautiful and gracious angel he was in Heaven to the battered bruised and disgraced devil he is today (Revelations 12:7-9).
Envy is more dangerous than anger.
Social media especially Instagram is the big reason for the increase of envy. I guarantee that if you are on it long enough you will start counting the blessings of others and not your own.
We have all done it before. We see people taking trips, doing this, doing that, etc. Then, you start to think wow my life stinks! Many times things are not what they seem.
People smile for pictures, but are depressed inside. Models don’t look like models without being edited.
We must take our eyes off of the world. Are you being filled with things of the flesh or things of the spirit? We must put our minds back on Christ. When you are watching back to back love movies what do you think that it is doing to you?
Not only will it cause you to envy the person in the movie, but it will cause you to desire a relationship more and it can lead to envying relationships around you.
Sometimes envy is the reason why Christians rush into relationships with unbelievers. When your heart is set on Christ you will never thirst for anything else.
Remember, Colossians 3:2 says “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”.
In Harold Coffin’s words, “Envy is the art of counting another’s blessings instead of your own”.
Reference: Jealousy and Envy by Fritz Chery on Bible Reasons. Click HERE to read.