Marriage and Family Series – No Envy

Now we get to, “envieth 2206 5719 not; 3756

 

4Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never fails.

New King James

 

4Charity 26 suffereth long, 3114 5719 and is kind; 5541 5736 charity 26 envieth 2206 5719 not; 3756 charity 26 vaunteth 4068 3756 not 4068 5736 itself, 4068 5736 is 5448 not 3756 puffed up, 5448 5743 5Doth 807 not 3756 behave itself unseemly, 807 5719 seeketh 2212 5719 not 3756 her own, 1438 is 3947 not 3756 easily provoked, 3947 5743 thinketh 3049 5736 no 3756 evil; 2556 6Rejoiceth 5463 5719 not 3756 in 1909 iniquity, 93 but 1161 rejoiceth 4796 5719 in the 225 truth 225 ; 7Beareth 4722 5719 all things, 3956 believeth 4100 5719 all things, 3956 hopeth 1679 5719 all things, 3956 endureth 5278 5719 all things. 3956

8Charity 26 never 3763 faileth:

King James with Greek Reference Numbers

 

One might not think of love and envy in the same thought but it is possible for both to exist, though it should not be so. We can love someone and envy their career, position, looks, talents, gifts, wealth, friends… you name it, and we can envy the same. Yes, we can even envy our spouse and family members.

 

We are called upon not to envy. In the Greek Language the meaning of “envieth” is as follows:

 

2206.

zhlovw zeµloáoµ, dzay-loá´-o or zhleuvw zeµleáuoµ dzay-loo´-o; from 2205; to have warmth of feeling for or against:— affect, covet (earnestly), (have) desire, (move with) envy, be jealous over, (be) zealous (-ly affect).

When we want what another has we are envying them. The feelings are typically aggressive in nature and move us to act irrationally, at times. We begin attempting perhaps to obtain or duplicate what another has. In so doing we are detracting from the others person ability to enrich our lives by sharing with us the very thing we are envying so greatly.

 

2205.

zh`lo” zeµloás, dzay´-los; from 2204; prop. heat, i.e. (fig.) “zeal” (in a favorable sense, ardor; in an unfavorable one, jealousy, as of a husband [fig. of God], or an enemy, malice):— emulation, envy (-ing), fervent mind, indignation, jealousy, zeal.

These feeling of jealousy and envy if left unchecked and not dealt with can manifest themselves in an intensely harsh feeling toward the other person. Feelings that could drive one to wish harm upon another person, in the most serve cases. At the least, these feelings, usually, lead to a person losing sight of who they are as they attempt to emulate another person and what they have obtained.

 

2204.

zevw zeáoµ, dzeh´-o; a primary verb; to be hot (boil, of liquids; or glow, of solids), i.e. (fig.) be fervid (earnest):— be fervent.

This intensity of feeling we have toward another, which is manifest as envy, can damage more than our relationships. The effect upon our own selves, our bodies, our minds, our emotions, our spirits, and our overall health can be devastating. Negative feelings drain our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual resources. This can lead to the suppression of our immune systems. That suppression of the immune system can lead to the downfall of our physical health and even disease.

 

To envy is to lack security in the Lord and in His purpose, plan, and love for us as an individual. Otherwise, we would feel security in the faith that God has our life designed specifically for us.

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