Good Morning Saint,
TOPIC: ARE YOU ENVIOUS?
BY: ISAAC OLUWASEUN AGBENLA
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 KJV
Envy is one of the greatest enemy of the world today. Envy cut across every offices from religious to government houses. It has made men to be reduced to nothing in their search for recognition. When there is envy, there will be competition for notice. It usually portrays the level of childishness of the person who is possessed with this attitude.
Beloved, when you are feeling unease and inconvenient with the success and superior excellence of colleagues, you are already caught up in the act of envy.
Do you feel discontent, fret, grieved at another man’s superiority for no reason that just wishing or thinking you should have been the one to be honoured or accord those accolades? You may need to repent.
Why do you feel unhappy and discouraged when the effort of a friend, staff in same office or junior colleague is appreciated? Why do you feel unhappy at the progress of others? Why are you so bitter when you hear good news of another man’s promotion?
All these are envious attitude which is rooted and springs from pride, ambition and love for self glorification which has eaten you up that you think someone else has obtained what you have strong desire to posses.
Beloved, instead of you to see the beauty of God’s grace in another man, you see against. An envious person is not satisfied with what God is doing with him or her. She sees others who are doing better under him or in the same office as occupying a position he or she should have occupied.
Brethren, envy cause pain in the heart of the envious fellow which sometimes the person that is envied don’t have understanding about. An envious person look down on himself when he compare himself with other peoples achievement. He is never satisfied with what God has done for him. He sees every position as where he ought to be occupying.
To be candid, an envious person only seeks to depreciate the fellow that is appreciated and always look forward to seeing such individuals becoming depressed. He cannot just stand such person progressing in life. Even though an envious person is born again, he still have the thought that the envied person meet with failure and depression. The heart of he or she is preoccupied with evil thought against such neighbour.
People in this category find it hard to thank and appreciate God when others are prospering. They ask God again and again question on why he has made them lower. An envious person never see anything good in what the envied person has done.
Complaints are the words that follows every assignment such person carry out even though all the world around him celebrate the effort. Such people commonly say ” what is special about all this thing he has done now? Nothing good come out of such heart because it has been defiled with bitterness and hatred towards the fellows progress.
Finally on this note, it is envy that makes a man to neglect is own grace and assignment to pursue what his colleague did and gave him name. An envious person doesn’t see his own gift again but his desire is to be like the other friend that is celebrated.
Envy always robbed man of originality, he doesn’t want his own but photocopy of another man’s life. It is envy that make a man to stop asking God for his own purpose for existence meanwhile seeking and praying to become like someone he his envying.
No matter the vision an envious person have, when he sight a superior excellence, he has a change of heart if care is not taking. He easily forget the glory that awaits him if he continues in his own appointed assignment.
Beware of envy !!