Envy Devotional: Thursday, February 25

Begin with prayer.

Read Galatians 5:16-26: But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

There is a ton of stuff mentioned in this passage, but Paul does make mention of “envy” twice in the passage (5:21, 26).  Envy is clearly a “work of the flesh” and a sin that is motivated by self-centeredness, rivalry and conceit.  In what ways are you conceited?  How does your conceit feed into the envy in your heart?  

Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit because it is one of the many attributes of God that Christians are called to exemplify.  Jesus is the complete personification of kindness, loving and serving His people by dying for them, take amount and think about His kindness toward you. 

Pray that Jesus will help you to “walk/live by the Spirit” (5:16, 25).