___A green-eyed monster is a term for an envious person. Envy is an unhappy feeling of
wishing we had something somebody else has. God tells us not to covet (desire and be
envious of) what others have. If we are always thinking about what other people have, it
keeps us from being happy and content with what we have. Then that unhappy feeling of
envy will feel like it has sunk down to our very bones, worsening every day.
___Instead, we should try to focus on our many blessings. In other words, pay attention
to how God blesses and rewards you. When we are thankful for our blessings, it increases
our peace and joy.
___Another thing to keep in mind is that some people have gained power or belongings
through wicked means and we especially don’t want to be envious of them (Prov
24:19-20). What those people do not realize and what we need to keep in mind is that
nothing is worth doing evil for (Mark 8:36). God sees everything we do. If we do bad
things, we are guilty of sin, but if we do good things, God will reward us.
___Want to climb out of that green-eyed monster suit and combat your envy? Count
Ex 20:17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your
neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything
that belongs to your neighbor."
Additional Referenced Verses
Prov 24:19-20 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked, for the evil
man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
Mark 8:36 "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?"
A heart at peace gives life to the
body, but envy rots the bones.
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