DAILY BREAD OF LIFE….
SUNDAY 8TH NOV., 2020
WORD FOCUS: LOVE IS NOT ENVIOUS
TEXT: 1 Cor 13:4b “….love does not envy;….”
Apostle Paul progressed further to say the character of agape shows no envy. He courageously detailed what love is not. Beloved, today love is a very scarce commodity, while envy is very cheap to buy. Literally envy simply means the feeling of wanting something that somebody has.In other words, spiteful malice and resentment over another’s advantage or rather to be green -eyed Envy is a violation of the tenth commandment, which prohibits the sin of coveting. It is out of envy that people are moved to do violence to their neighbors, community, in their families,etc. The motive for the treachery Joseph’s brothers committed against him was envy: (Gen. 37:3-11)
The envy of the brothers that prompted them to sell Joseph into slavery was rooted in their hatred of him. Dear Redeemed of the Lord, envy and hate go together but, envy and love are incompatible.
The envy that was manifest in the actions of Joseph’s brothers was also evident in the actions taken against Christ: “Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. Therefore, when they had gathered together, pilate said to them, ‘whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’ For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy” (Matt. 27:15-18).
In our society and the global space cultural analysts speak of the “politics of envy,” where tribal, social, ethnic and religious politicians for their own interests, stir up strife among people to create a kind of class warfare. The poor are set against the rich, employees against employers, women against men and so on. Envy is the breeding ground for strife and even war as we see happening in the world today. Envy is not restricted to the poor. The wealthy often have an insatiable lust for greater riches, so that the man who owns one piece of land or car boils in envy against the man who owns two.
Those who have wealth and/or power can easily provoke envy by their ostentatious display of their possessions and positions. This was a favorite trick of the Pharisees, who liked to parade their signs of honor: (Matt. 23:1-8) Therefore, as the whole world is presently on the threshold of the signs of the last days of the end-time, the Bible admonishes us to be armed with the following;
God commands us not to envy (Ps. 37:1-7, 3:31,24:1).It is a work of the flesh(Gal 5:19 Rom 1:29-31)
Envy brings rottenness to the bones (Prov 14:30) it slays the simple person (Job 5:2).it is a demonic wisdom (Jas 3:14-15,5:9)Again loudly do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day.
MEDITATION: 2 Pt 3:11-13
STUDY THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
TIT 1; JER 13&14; PS 125
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