LOVE DOES NOT ENVY

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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.

 

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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