The Fourth Key to Successful Living: Get Rid of Envy – April 16, 2015
1 PETER 2:1, So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
This week I want to look at I Peter 2:1, which says, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind”
This week, we have examined 5 keys to successful living. The first three keys to successful living are to get rid of all malice or evil intent, to get rid of all deceit by telling the truth in all things, and don’t be a hypocrite.
The fourth key to successful living is to “get rid of envy.” Sometimes we confuse jealousy with envy, but there is a difference. If I’m driving down the road and someone drives by me in my favorite car that I can’t afford, I might be a little bit jealous.
Being envious is different than being jealous. Being envious goes beyond simply being jealous of what someone else has, and moves to evil intent. In other words, envy not only means I’m jealous of what someone else has, but I’m so jealous that I want them not to have it, and that’s envy. You will never have a truly successful life by being envious of others!
Think about it…and have blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D