God Is Love, Part V
Love does not envy. I Corinthians 13:4
The definition of envy is the coveting of another's good or the resentful awareness of another's advantages as it was for Cain, the son of Adam. In the book of Genesis, Able and Cain brought their offerings before God and He accepted Abel's but rejected Cains, leaving him angry and envious of his brother.
The world is full of envy and jealousy that fuels wars and conflicts on a global scale and destroys millions of lives, being a fruit or deed of the flesh! Many times envy results in violent acts of aggression and even leads to murder as it did with Cain who rose up and murdered his own brother because God chose Abel's offering over his, resulting in his banishment from the presence and favor of God who despises this kind of behavior.
Envy is the stuff that movies, TV shows and best sellers are made of and the world loves it! Envy, jealousy, lust and strife of all kinds fill the airwaves and hearts of those who would fall prey to the desires and passions of the flesh, resulting in judgment. We as the people of God on the other hand are to abstain from fleshly lusts which produce wars and fights among us bringing with them anger and unforgiveness and ultimately division and strife.
You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and battle. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (mutual hatred) with God? Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:2-4
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin