The Ugliness of Envy
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.
Have you ever thought, “I did all the work, and they got all the credit?" Were you needing the praise of men more than the praise of God (John 12:43)? The world loves the praise of men and they feel they get their credibility from being honored by men. Not so for Christians. We receive our “credibility” from the Lord. We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10).
Envy is the emotion when you want something someone else has and are discontented. Jealousy is the emotion when you fear you may be replaced in the affection of someone you love or desire. Jealousy and envy are emotions we all feel from time to time. But, if they are allowed to control our lives, they distort our perspectives, and in some cases, lead us to act out in negative behavior. Without question, jealousy and envy prevent us from growing toward spiritual maturity. I Corinthians 13:4-8a says that Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends or fails.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our greatest example. He humbled Himself and made Himself of no reputation, nothing, and became obedient to the death of the cross. Our lives are to consider others more significant than ourselves, and we are to do nothing from envy or jealousy, but in humility, having the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:3-8).
Lord, may I, for the Gospel’s sake, walk in the Spirit of Christ without envy or jealousy.