Text–> 1 Corinthians 13:4b.
By standards in 1 Corinthians 13, I understand that without love, I am nothing even when we have portfolios of preacher, intercessor, singer, diversely gifted etc. A man is nothing without love.
What then is love if preaching, intercession and likes are done out of love? [Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a].
Today, let’s discuss envy. Yes, envy!
Envy is a feeling of anger or sadness because you wish you had something that somebody else has.
Envy originated in Genesis 4:4-8 where Cain murdered because of envy. He wished he could gain God’s acceptance like his brother. But he made a mistake for he had an angry and sorrowful heart.
He should have cried unto God to help him do well instead but he bore ungodly sorrow like Judas, making him envious, which subsequently led to his [spiritual] death.
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10 KJV).
Unfortunately, envy is among believers today. Many ungodly reactions [backbiting, gossiping, slander etc] spring up from envy and result in [spiritual] death.
Remember, anyone who is spiritually dead will be cut off from God’s Kingdom (Matthew 3:10).
Examine yourself [with the definition given above, through prayer] to know if you have any iota of this evil, and prayerfully stop it (2 Corinthians 13:5).
The Bible enjoins us to “…love one another. Not as Cain, who was of the wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” (1 John 3:11-12). Envy is not a thing of emulation neither is it of holiness as it is not one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Envy thrives against our call to love and live righteously.