February 8, 2013

Love Rejects Envy

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- February 8, 2013

Love does not envy. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Envy is insecure. It is unsure of and uncomfortable in its identity. However, love is without envy, agape love understands and embraces its identity in Christ. Love feels the comforting fingerprints of faith wrapped around its feelings. There’s a sense of security with a soul whose sole focus is faith in Christ. Jealousy is jettisoned where love for Jesus is the motivation for words and deeds. Love sees someone’s success as cause for celebration, not competition. Envy frowns, love smiles.

Moreover, let love lead you to serve, instead of striving for envy’s elusive status. Follow love’s line of reasoning and your mind will be challenged to excellence when a colleague experiences significant accomplishments. Love avoids obsessing over how to surpass a friend’s good fortune. Do you embrace and celebrate your spouse’s successes? Or do you silently steam for lack of attention? A healthy husband and wife are secure in their individuality. Their identity is in Christ.

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

Jealousy is cruel, love is compassionate. Jealousy is shortsighted, love looks longterm. Jealousy is threatened, love is empowered. Jealousy jockeys for position, love trusts God for promotion. Therefore, look for ways to love loved ones who may be lured  by the seductive sirens of success. Remind those uniquely gifted of the Giver of their gifts (Almighty God) and how far faith in Jesus has brought them. Love is secure in calling out fools for its confidence is in Christ.

Finally the way to find yourself is not to focus on yourself. Focus instead on love for Christ and be content with who you are in Him. You can love well because your Lord loves you well. You are a forgiven child of God, filled with the Holy Spirit and full of potential for Him. You are loved unconditionally by your Heavenly Father, you are saved from sin by His Son Jesus and you are sealed securely by His Holy Spirit. Your contentment in Christ is cause to love and not envy.

For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray for a healthy heart motivated by love, not driven by envy.

Related Readings: Job 5:2; Ecclesiastes 4:4; Galatians 5:26; 1 Timothy 6:4

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  1. Beth says:

    Every morning I share this with my husband. This morning he left for his annual mission trip. At this time in my life I am staying home to take care of our children. Though only gone 10 days a year this morning I was quite frankly jealous. Jealous that he gets the glory, I the mundane. He the travel me the same routine. How dare he? Then I read this… Thank you Father for this reminder… I am truly grateful that my spouse gets to serve..and if I am patient my service is just as important. After all in 6 to 8 years WE will be going full time and living there together to serve.

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  4. David Clark says:

    Great Article reflects how we should be like LORD JESUS CHRIST who is love 1 John 4 =-)

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