Proverbs 5 is all about envy and the hardship it causes when we travel down that treacherous path.
Where Does Envy Come From?
The first recount of envy in the Bible is the story of Cain and Abel. And though I am sure most of you already know the story, I would like to point out that God did not chastise Cain because his sacrifice wasn’t as good as Abel’s. God charged him to try harder and sacrifice his best (Genesis 4:6-8). If you read those verses, you will see the love of a parent and not condemnation, but Cain could not hear the love because anger consumed him.
Cain believed, and acted upon that belief, that if Abel’s sacrifice had not have been so good, his would have been fine. That way of thinking led to his destruction. Criticizing or downplaying the actions of other does not elevate yours. The actions of others should never be a measuring tool for yours.
Here Comes The Judge
What leads to envy? It comes from judging others with our earthly hearts and comparing them with ourselves. A judge must know the difference between right and wrong and be willing to act upon that knowledge. But who decides what is right or wrong? God. Where can we find His determination? The Bible.
So where is the true first recount of envy? Instead of with Cain, could it be when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge? Were they trying to elevate themselves to Judge? Do we elevate ourselves?
Think about that the next time you try to compare your actions by the actions of others. Instead, evaluate, through supplication to God, your own behavior. Keep your eyes on what you have and be grateful of your relationship with Christ Jesus.
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