The inside out of envy….

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.

1 Corinthians 12:26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer together; if a member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

John MacArthur says:  “To be glad in the blessings, honor, and welfare of others—no matter what one’s own situation, and to be sensitive or compassionate to the hardships and sorrows of others.”

But, if you are stricken by the sin of envy, your world is turned inside out.  When you spend time with Envy, you experience sorrow in another person’s joy and joy in another person’s sorrow. You mourn the good the other person experiences and find joy in their pain. What you cannot enjoy for yourself, you believe that no one should be able to enjoy. When you are consumed by Envy, when you are losing that competition you’ve created, the way you respond is then to try to bring the other person down. You cannot get to his level, so you try to destroy him and bring him down to yours.

Pride of place or lack thereof exposes the condition of the heart.  Has God held back from you what you think you deserve?  Has God blessed others where you think it was undeserved?  Notice the “you” statements.  “You” becomes the arbiter of what is just and not God.  When it is all about you, self is idolized and the good of others takes a back seat.

Rejoice and weep, suffer and honor where it is due with a righteous heart and not a resentful desire for self.

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