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Envy isn't a good look

You're scrolling on your Facebook feed, chuckling over the latest funny meme or cat video, minding your own business when something catches your eye. It's exotic vacation pictures someone just posted (or maybe it's a shiny new car that a neighbor just took for a spin). Within seconds, your mood has shifted, your brow furrowed. That familiar pang of jealousy gnawing away at you. You ask yourself (oftentimes, under your breath) "Why can't I be the one posting those vacation pics?" (or it's the neighbor's shiny new car now strategically parked outside of that fancy new restaurant in town they tried out first). Relationship status updates scrolls past, baby shower announcements, endless posts of new items everyone else seems to be able to afford litter your wall. You won't be as much fun to be around with all of that nagging at you. Envy is a bad look on you.

Galatians 5:26 "Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another."

Envy has been around since Cain and Abel's time. Our technology might have changed but our basic human emotions of jealousy and envy haven't. You might be feeling jealousy towards a coworker who received that promotion before you. The right attitude can change everything, though.

Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."

In general, some healthy competition isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can bring out the best in us. But unchecked jealousy can be toxic and can lead us to fall.

James 3:16 "For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice."

In biblical times, the show of wealth was different than it is now. So often in modern times, our display of affluence and wealth is by way of our homes, our clothes or the car we drive. It becomes an endless, empty pursuit. We should keep our focus on God and not pursuing "Keeping up with the Jones's"

Ecclesiastes 4:4 "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."

Living by and in the word is the best defense against jealousy and envy we have.

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