In this podcast, Tony examines the sin of envy. Sometimes we surprise ourselves because we should be happy and rejoice for a friends good fortune But, something within us resents it. What is the correct Christian response to our feeling of envy and how do we deal with them?
Scripture: Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. –Romans 12:15
“Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute [you] bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible, on your part, live at peace with all. Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Rather, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good._ — Romans 12:9-21
Quotes: “Envy undermines happiness – it generates pain from what others possess, instead of pleasure from one’s own possessions.” –-Bertrand Russell
Reflection: What is the correct Christian response to our feelings of envy? Do you ever find yourself envious of others? How do you feel that envy undermines happiness?
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