Envy destroys

1Truly God is good to Israel,

to those who are pure in heart.

2But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,

my steps had nearly slipped.

3 For I was envious of the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 73:1-3

 

Envy.

You’ve been looking around and the conspicuous

consumption of other people has fuelled your discontent.

 

You know those moments when you are tempted

to take a shortcut to get the status or stuff others

seem to enjoy so easily. Its called cheating.

 

You’ve been comparing yourself to others and

are consumed with self-doubt and condemnation.

 

Envy is the death of contentment.

 

Envy fuels self-righteousness.

 

Envy can never satisfactorily fuel ambition for

it creates an ambition that will crush us.

 

Envy clouds our capacities for both mercy and justice.

 

The Gospel interrupts the envy cycle with

the announcement of hope in the Kingdom of God and

confidence in the love of God.

 

Live loved.