1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…. NKJV
Love does not envy. God’s love does not resent another’s good fortune or desire to see it taken from them. God’s love is not envious and does not desire to deprive another of what he has. Envy is different from jealousy in that jealousy wants what another has for itself (it burns with a desire to have); whereas, envy wants to deprive another of what one has. It means to have ill will, discontent, and displeasure at witnessing the advantages, possessions, or good fortunes of others. It feels pain at someone else’s success and feels dread at another’s accomplishments and joy. It is a work of the flesh or carnal nature but the seed or stimulant to it can be the fruit of another’s accomplishments. It is a sin that grows in the background of another’s pre-eminence. It was for envy that Joseph was sold into Egypt (Acts 7:9) and Jesus was delivered to be crucified (Matthew 27:18). The modern day philosophy of socialism thrives on stirring up people and manipulating them through envy.
Envy starts fights and quarrels James 4:1-5.
Envy causes malice or malignity Titus 3:3.
Envy leads to confusion and every evil work James 3:16.
Envy can break your health down Proverb 14:30.
God’s love in us is not envious but rejoices when others succeed and do well. It is not in competition and begrudges not others opportunities, abilities, possessions, position, privileges. Love doesn’t resent God’s goodness to others but recognizes there is enough of God’s goodness for everyone to taste and see that He is good.
Love that envies not refuses the lie that tries to convince us that if one man benefits another has to lose or if someone succeeds it is at another’s expense. Love keeps its eyes on God, off of others, and helps us to stop looking out for #1, me, myself, and I. Love rejoices when others rejoice Romans 12:15
It never detracts or tries to make others seem less, and self more, by comparing.
Only love that envies not can see the inequalities of life and remain content.
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.