envy

@atebuds (187)
Philippines
December 29, 2009 7:57pm CST
As a Catholic, I am aware that envy is a sin. But as a human being, doesn't it sometimes enter your mind to feel a little envious of something? I'm sure somehow, you got envious of the new car of your friend. Or maybe the boyfriend of your cousin. Would you like to share some thoughts...
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@PastorP (1173)
• United States
30 Dec 09
Hi atebuds! I'm a Protestant minister and I will admit that I am human. No one is perfect but God. I occasionally have bouts with envy, but with God's help I am learning to push those thoughts and emotions aside and focus on Him. Sometimes God gives us little lessons to cure us. Back in the mid 80s I was pastoring a small congregation in western Maryland. A minister friend of mine tried out for, and got, the pastorate of large congregation in Pennsylvania. When he told me he had something like 160 people, yes envy was there. A few months later we were talking again and he was telling me about some troubles he was having with the people. Well, I realized I was blessed with just a few who really caused no trouble at all. You also bring out a point in that sin does not have to take action to be sin. Envy within, even if unexpressed is sin. In a nutshell, we should be just satisfied with Christ.
@atebuds (187)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
Thank you PastorP. So you mean, even if I don't actually envy someone, yet think of envy per se, I am already sinning? I really try my best not to envy anyone, but why is it PastorP, that some people seem to be more blessed than others? I know there is a purpose to everything. But, sometimes I feel that, why is it that I am the one in need, yet I am not the one given.
@PastorP (1173)
• United States
30 Dec 09
Sorry it took over an hour for me to respond, but I was multi-tasking. Thinking about envy itself is not a sin, just when we focus upon something or someone. It does seem like some are more blessed than others. However, I'm sure we can find things we are blessed in that others are not. We both apparently have computers, but there a millions that don't have enough food. That's what I have to think of sometimes, especially when envy knocks on my mind. Or, like in the church example I gave above, sometimes when we think someone has it better than we do, they have problems we would not want. In regard to your last question, I have felt that way before too. Yet, we must remember that God will provide for our needs in His own time and way. He is faithful. Also, that would be the time to do the opposite. We would like to get something, even if it is to meet a need. Well, instead of getting we give, as unto the Lord, whether it be service, time or whatever. We give in such a way we do not expect a return. But in due time if we bless others it will come back to us. Hard to do for us at times because it goes against our human nature, when we do go against it, we crucify the flesh then we can rise with Christ.
@vycess (1588)
• Saudi Arabia
30 Dec 09
I admit that I'm jealous or envy sometimes. yes, i agree... instead of thinking what we don't have, why not just think of what we have? Our blessings- just count our blessings instead of thinking problems.
@barehugs (8984)
• Canada
30 Dec 09
As a non christian I can see that envy is the grease that turns the wheel. Children are at play, and one is envious because the next is tall enough to turn the doorknob. The little one dreams of being that tall too. Envy is the fuel that drives ambition, that motivates enterprise, and the aspiration of all that inspires!
@atebuds (187)
• Philippines
30 Dec 09
I think religion doesn't have anything to do with it. Thank you very much. I liked what you said. "Envy is the fuel that drives ambition". Very inspiring...
• United States
31 Dec 09
I am a Christian too. I realize that envying is also a sin, yet I also believe that everyone does it. It's hard to not envy because it's our human nature. The best that we can do is to hold ourselves back from giving into it. When we realize that we are envying, we should immediately stop it. Though it is difficult, we just have to get use to being more thankful of everything that God has given us because He could've chosen not to give it to us in the first place. We should definitely learn to be more thankful.
@maezee (39493)
• United States
30 Dec 09
I think envy is a natural part of any person's life. I don't think there's anything wrong with it. Yes, we should definitely be thankful and happy with what we have (and to never take it for granted), but I think people, no matter what age/race/religion - ALWAYS want what we can't have. It's like a fact of life or something. I think it's perfectly normal, or at least that's what I tell myself. So long as we don't get to the point where we're "JEALOUS" and where we choose to act in negative behaviors due to our envy.