The topic of Envy is one we would like to forget. We shouldn’t play the comparison game where you and I can become jealous of another Sister in Christ right? We all like to think we do NOT do this but is this a true statement? I can only speak for myself but I would be lying if I said I haven’t experienced this at times in my life. It’s of the utmost importance to have Bible Verses about Envy when we start to feel envious of another individual.
Webster’s Dictionary Defines Envy Below
- Envy has an element of desire in it. Somebody has experienced an advantage or benefit in life, and you want that to happen to you. That doesn’t necessarily make you envious, however, because that kind of desire is okay when you’re drawn to imitate saintly people.
- The other element and the one that makes envy bad is that the desire is tinged with resentment that it’s going well for the other person and not for you. That’s what makes it envy.
So in simple terms, envy is having a desire for something you want that another person has. You feel resentment towards that person who is enjoying whatever it is you are wanting also. Next comes thoughts flooding your mind. You start thinking things aren’t going so well for me but things are going well for them, and it drives you crazy sometimes. You begin to question why does it go so well for others when it doesn’t seem to for me?
Does this sound familiar to you? I know it does to me. One of my biggest is I absolutely loved leading choir and now that my hearing is so messed up it isn’t possible for me to do so. The music is too loud and I can’t hear through the earpiece. I do NOT want to feel envious but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t from time to time.
Social Media Envy
Social media is everywhere and we can become envious of the places our “friends” get to go and do whereas we may not be able to do them for various reasons. For this reason let’s choose to be happy for them instead of getting jealous towards them and start playing the comparison game which often causes you and I to spiral down in our spiritual life. Trust me when I say I have been there and done that…Not a good path to go down at all!
Bible Verses About Envy
“‘And you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’ Deuteronomy 5:21
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. James 3:16
Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? James 4:5
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. Psalm q0:3
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways. Proverbs 3:31
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Proverbs 14:30
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Proverbs 27:4
Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 1 Corinthians 10:24
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7
Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 4:4
Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them. Proverbs 24:1
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. James 3:14
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:17-18
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Luke 12:22-23
In Conclusion on Bible Verses about Envy
I know it easy at times when we witness others prospering while it seems we keep struggling but rest assured my friend…in Christ Jesus, we will be victorious in the end.
Refer back to these when you feel that nudge of envy starting.