Read: Genesis 4:1-16
Envy is a feeling of not having what another person has. It is a feeling of discontentment on seeing someone else’s possessions. Some people toil and work hard to achieve more than others because of the competitive spirit generated due to envy, which is all worthless (Eccl. 4:4). Envy can lead to disaster and lack of happiness. The Bible gives different examples on envy, which lead to destruction. Eve wanted to be like God (Gen. 3:6). She disobeyed God’s commandment, and Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. As a result, sin and death entered the world. Also, envy leads to murder. Cain became envious of his brother Abel and killed him (Gen. 4:1-16). The first murder was committed as a result of envy.
Envy can ruin the peace of one’s life and create health issues. A heart of peace gives life to the body whereas envy rots the bones (Prov. 14:30). Envy can cause quarrels and fights due to desires with wrong motives (James 4:2-3). Siblings fight with each other over land (property) and belongings thus severing their relationship forever. If we have genuine love for our brethren, the feeling of envy will disappear, because love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy or boast (1 Cor. 13:4). Do not fret or be envious of those who do evil (Ps. 37:1). Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, rather in humility value others above yourselves (Phil. 2:3). Let us be content with all what we have, for godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6).