You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.
My dear fellow Proverbs 31 woman in Progress,
I hope you’re still blessed with the grace of our Lord Jesus today. May he bless you all!
Today, I want to talk about a plague that is destroying our lives and our relationships with people: envy.
As our society is based on materialistic evidence of success, i.e. expensive clothes, big cars, big mansions, etc, it’s not surprising that many people envy each other.
How should we behave towards envy? First of all, let me share a story I’ve experienced in my childhood and afterwards I will give you the way I decided to handle envy in my life.
My father’s friends
My father had friends who were rich and well-connected in the city. They often invited us to their place and I remember that I used to be very envious of such a wonderful home as a 7-year-old child. Their house was extraordinarily luxurious with marble columns and golden chairs.
They had expensive taste and showed it to their friends, family, and colleagues. Everyone was amazed by the wealth they were displaying and envied them. As for the lady in the house, she was very refined and beautiful. She always dressed with the latest Parisian chic brands.
However, as I grew up, I later learned that among this ocean of luxury, the wife was severely beaten and mistreated. Her husband controlled her and didn’t want her to have money or to work on her personal projects.
Finally, we heard that all the luxury they accumulated was the results of money laundering coming from public funds embezzlement. The husband was even imprisoned for some time. And their riches couldn’t do anything for them.
Learning to be content
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
These verse have become a revelation to me during my Christian journey. From the day I read these verses, I decided to focus on the Lord and not on what other people have. I don’t focus on the possessions on other people because I have learnt that the character of people matters more than their possessions.
Like Paul, I learnt to be content in all circumstances, knowing that God would never abandon me and that He would always be with me.
I learnt not to be impressed by the riches of other people, knowing that envy could lead me to the path of destruction of my soul.
I am grateful to God for what I have.
I don’t worry for what I don’t have.
I work for what I want to have.
And overall, I am content with my life.
That’s all for today! What’s your experience with envy? Are you content with your life? Please share your experience in the comments below!
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