June 5—Envy

The word for today is envy.

“And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Eccles. 4:4).

“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander” (1 Pet. 2:1).

“Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong” (Ps. 37:1).

“Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple” (Job 5:2).

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Prov. 14:30).

“Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” (Prov. 27:4).

“For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another” (Titus 3:3).

“He is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions” (1 Tim. 6:4).

“For he knew that because of envy they had delivered Him up” (Matt. 27:18).

“So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10).

Prayer: Lord, I know if I walk by means of the Spirit, I will not be carrying out the desires of the flesh. Spirit of God cleanse me! Fill me! Keep me from envy!

See also: Prov. 23:17, 24:1, 19; Gal. 5:19-21

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