Love does not envy.
“Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy”.
(1 Corinthians 13:4 AMP) The definition of envy is “a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another’s advantages, possessions, etc.” How many times have we seen this, even in our churches?
If I am walking in love I will be thrilled when I see you excel. Anything less is ungodly. What is ungodly? Well, what is uncola? Uncola is a soda that doesn’t have cola in it. When our actions do not have any God in them we are acting ungodly.
We are all called to minister to somebody and we will not be able to minister effectively if we have envy and jealousy. The Holy Spirit tells us in Matthew and Mark that Jesus was handed over to Pilate because of envy.
The Pharisees and Sadducees could not handle Jesus getting the crowds. Jesus was having multitudes come to Him to hear and be healed. There religious leaders were so envious of this they began planning to kill Jesus.
If the religious leaders had been walking in love they would have been thrilled that people by the masses were being healed. They could have humbled themselves and got with Jesus to find out where they were missing it in this area.
Envy starts in our thinking. We begin thinking why does Sister So and So always get to sing. Why doesn’t Pastor let me sing as much as her. I can sing as good as she can.
You will have to cast down those envious imaginations with the words of your mouth. But even if you have not been effective at walking in love recently, do not allow yourself to be condemned!
Confess your sin and God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) Then go on and don’t let the devil or yourself condemn you because God counts you as His very own child and remembers your sin no more!
A house that has been condemned has been declared unfit for use. So you must not allow yourself or anyone else to declare you unfit for use. God still has great things in store for you!