Envy is uglier than jealousy.
Jealousy wants to take hold of what it doesn’t have.
Envy is much meaner. Envy is the desire for something to be taken away from another.
Envy brings others down. Envy destroys others. Envy leaves all others below and by virtue of their destroyed life. We use envy to rise above others once they have reached bottom. Envy seeks others to reach a bottom, and employs tactics of destruction to bring it about.
Envy is revealed in grief when we read that their is only two witnesses chosen by God in Revelation, and only twelve chosen as disciples by Jesus.
Envy wants a happy marriage to fail, a exemplary life to be scandalized, and the innocent brought to corruption. Recently, I have seen it used to take the extraordinarily spiritually gifted made out to be satanic, and their gifts of the Spirit the fruit of evil.
Can anything be meaner than envy?
Lord, guard our hearts against envy, with your meekness. Teach us to be content with what we are, no more and no less. Teach us to seek other’s highest good, for such is the way of love. When we see others besides ourselves that have been called by you Lord to a higher calling, may we be found in celebration of heart for the goodness that you bestowed upon them, wanting only a more glorious display of your goodness upon them to the honor and praise of your name, oh Lord.
Envy is a double-ended sword…
One end is covetousness, piercing the heart of those who envy;
The other is pride, piercing the heart of those being envied.
Behold, envy is also a snare…
For those who envy are held captive by covetousness;
And those who are envied are easily ensnared by pride.
Therefore repent, and place all your trust in The Messiah;
Make Him your focus, your only desire,
And He will keep your foot from being taken…
Indeed, HE will preserve your life.