Friday, September 14, 2018
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
In a healthy church the members rejoice at one another’s success. Envy makes us undermine the good in others. If we don’t appreciate the good things we have they cannot increase. Envy is the enemy of growth. Believers refuse to promote one another in churches and destroy one another’s businesses out of envy.
Some leaders in congregations are envious of their pastors’ success and employ various schemes to destroy them. The writer of Philippians observed with sadness that even in the preaching of the gospel, “some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will.”
Envyings is deadly according to the scripture (Proverbs 27:4). Cain’s envy against his brother moved him into eliminating him (Genesis 4:8). The elimination tactics in the church fueled by the flesh is serious. Brothers and sisters employ carnal and ungodly means just to outwit one another. This oftentimes leads to many falling out of fellowship. Families and businesses are equally falling apart because believers seem to have exalted the flesh so much in their lives.
Pray and cast out the spirit of envy out of your family, church and work environment.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)