Love does not envy. Envy refers to “a feeling of discontentment or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.” Love is not covetous, it is not bitter, it is not spiteful. Love praises and thanks God when the other person succeeds, it rejoices when the other person is being blessed, it rejoices with the other person. It does not try to hurt the other person through words or actions.
Love does not desire to offend the other person, it does not desire to hurt the other person, it does not desire to annoy the other person. Love wants the best for other people. When we love someone, we want the best for them, we pray for them, we rejoice with them, we wish them good, we wish their family well. Love does not envy, it does not desire to possess something that belongs to other people.
We are to live in the fear of the Lord always.
We are not to live our lives comparing ourselves with other people; if we do that, we will live discontent lives. We should be good-willed towards other people, we should learn to embrace our individual journeys. Our lives are to be lived for the glory of God, we are to run our own race and not be in rivalry with one another. We should seek to please God, He should always be first in our lives.
We are to set our minds on things eternal, on things of God. When we are busy serving God, we will not have time to compare ourselves with others or be envious of each other. We should realize that God blesses whom it pleases Him to bless and we cannot steal other people’s blessings from them and neither can other people steal our blessings.
We should be wary of the tactics of the enemy and keep watch; he only comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
When we understand the truth that things of this world will come to pass, then we will realize that there is nothing or no one to be jealous of, we are all equal before God. We are gifted in different ways so that we can be able to serve God in different capacities. Our differences should unite us.
We know people by their fruits. If a person claims to love us yet they are envious of us, then that is not love. Love does not envy. Love is defined by God and anything that goes against God is not love. We are to pray to God to reveal the hearts of other people to us because there are many wolves in sheep clothing.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, fornication, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. Mark 7:21-22.
The heart of man is wicked and we cannot understand it; only God can reveal to us the heart of those people we interact with. When we ask God to help us discern the spirit of other people, He does help us. We need God to teach us what love is and discern the intentions of other people; we need our heavenly Father, we need Jesus, we need the Holy Spirit.
There are those who will visit you, pretend to be friendly; yet in their hearts they are planning to defame you, and when they leave they slander you. Such will surround you with words of hatred, and will fight against you without cause. That is not love!
God is our standard of love, He is Love. He wants us to worship Him only, He is our creator. People who are jealous of you are capable of all kinds of evil! The Bible tells us that where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. Joseph was sold into slavery because of jealousy from his brothers.
Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt, But God was with him. Acts 7:9.
May God help us to love others with love that is from God. May God help us discern the intentions of those people around us. Only God can teach us what love is. When we abide in God, we come to know Him personally, and when we know God, we know love. God is with us. May we be a blessing to those around us.
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