Envy: Proverbs 23:17-24:2
Today I would like to speak to you about what has been called one of our ‘respectable sins’, envy. Envy, jealousy, coveting, illegitimate wanting, sinful desiring, etc.; this is a sin you and I are assaulted by every single day. You and I have the hearts of adulterers and adulteresses, ‘prone to wander.’ We need to be most aware of this sin and how it works in our hearts. We see coveting as idolatry as Paul tells us in Col. 3:5, but your government sees covetousness, your consumer desires, as the heart and soul of our economy and has legalised an assault upon your hearts to draw it away after things to part you with your money in the name of job creation, the economy, etc. The assault upon our souls to buy worldly goods is only one way we are getting attacked in our pilgrimage.
We will not be able to look at all the bible says about envy, so I want to look at, Prov. 23:17-24:2, this is a portion that addresses young people as the make their way into life; we want to do three things. We want to look at guarding ourselves against it, then we want to examine the remedies against it, and then finally note the fruit of envy.