Tuesday, May 18, 2010


For (Pilate) knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him. Matthew 27:18 (NIV)


Envy is considered by many as the worst of the 7 Deadly Sins (wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.) Most of these ultimately destroy us. A few hurt the "other." "Envy" really wants to suck the goodness out of another person, leaving her or him dead. Envious people are not satisfied until they possess for their own the quality of another who they envy. Envy says (silently,) "I want what you have and I want you not to have it as well." Envy killed Jesus.


TV ads appeal to envy. They strive to make us yearn for the beauty, the lawn, the car, even the beer of others. The difference is that the ad solves the envy problem by saying, "We can sell you that for which you yearn (envy.)"


Envy screams in our heart (if not ear,) "You are not whole without_______." "You will never amount to much until you possess___________."  "She has that but you are better. You need ___________."


Today, enjoy the beauty, the good fortune of others without possessing it. Count your blessings. You have many even if you are in a time of trial. Thank Jesus.

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