“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. Luke 15:25-30 ESV
The Bible instructs us to love our brothers. It tells us to love our enemies as well. Basically, we are to love everyone who comes our way. But loving people is harder when envy and jealousy comes in the way. When you have envy in your heart, helping people without grumbling inside is next to impossible. Envy is too great an enemy.
Envy is a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck. It is a monster inside. The Bible even says, “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, but who is able to stand before jealousy?” Proverbs 27:4.
How do we deal with this monster within us? Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to this problem. But focusing on the Lord is a significant help. Look upon the Lord. He has great plans for you. Resting on God’s promise can tame the envious monster in us, and eventually will be knocked out.