1 Cor 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. IT DOES NOT ENVY, it does not boast, it is not proud.
The Greek word for “envy” (zeloo, where we get zeal from) means to be heated or “to boil with envy, hatred, anger.”
The English dictionary definition of envy is: “to wish that you had something that another person has.”
The beauty of knowing you are under the Good Shepherd’s care, as one of His sheep, is that you know that you are well taken care of by Him. We rest in His agape love knowing that He has provided for us all that we need. We are not envious of others (though we are tempted to be from time to time perhaps). God’s love causes us to not envy because we can be content in His love and His provision.
One of the big downsides of Facebook and other social media platforms, is that it becomes a postcard for the good things in life but not usually our struggles and failures. It can make anyone who spends time on it, feel that their life is somehow inferior or inadequate. All these other people have “great” lives and only do exciting, fun things with their “perfect” families and friends.
But always remember that no one’s life is really all like that. Life is full of “ups “and “downs”. Victories and disappointments. The “downs” we are less likely to share to everyone.
God has blessed all of His people in all different ways. Many of the best things in life are the “small” things God gives us that do not make great Facebook posts. You don’t feel like bragging about them, but you know they are the mercies of God to you.
Lamentations 3:22-24. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
When we are content in Christ, when we know we are where He wants us to be, that we have what He wants us to have, we are much less likely to envy because we trust in the tender care of our Shepherd. Resting in His love and provision — that is enough for us today.
May Your agape love satisfy our souls, Oh Lord, so we do not envy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.