OK – So the first part in this shameless plug to pull in more viewers and comments did not go quite according to plan – this i feel was entirely my own fault for not doing sufficient intial (read: ‘ANY’) research and failing to clearly define what it was i was talking about at the start – my bad.
So, to hopefully make amends… on to what some (Catholic Christians who listen to the Pope e.g.) call the ‘sin’ of Envy – when and where do we see it ‘popping’ up from within and what if anything do we do to control and repel it from us?
Firstly, though a brief ‘recap’ and definition:
The idea here is to help us see when, and if, we sin (do our will over/before that of His) and so lead to ways to overcome this particular fault of ours (if we have it – and i rather fancy if we look deep enough we’ll see all of the ‘Seven’ lurking about, waiting for the next time we let our ‘Guard’ down, somewhere’s in the recesses of our mind – in our ego!)
“Envy according to the aspect of its object is contrary to charity (also known as ‘Love’), whence the soul derives its spiritual life… Charity rejoices in our neighbor’s good, while envy grieves over it.” (St) Thomas Aquinas 1225-74;
Envy: spite and resentment at seeing the success of another. (thefreedictionary.com); or
‘characterized by an insatiable desire; different to simple greed, however, for two main reasons. First, greed is largely associated with material goods, whereas envy may apply more generally. Second, those who commit the sin of envy desire something that someone else has which they perceive themselves as lacking. Wikipedia – Seven Deadly Sins. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins ); or
‘envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.’ – as Laz pointed out previously part of the longer list of ‘sins’ we are not to indulge in. From Gal 5:21 (also: verses 19, 20 and 26)
Clear? good! 🙂
What do i envy of others? Truth be told it is money, mostly. Rarely, it is having someone close who truly Understands me and with whom i can share ‘life’. I don’t of course envy the long hours some (most) have spent previously earning their money or the many tribulations that often come along with living with someone who is not exactly like you in every single respect. This tends to lead me to remain ‘envious’ of those two things until i can figure out a way to ‘cheat’ – or to just knuckle under and do whatever it takes… or learn that neither of those two things will, of themselves, make me in any way any more full of Joy and happiness (not on their own at any rate).
What do i do to overcome it? Hmmm…Try to observe it as it happens – see what starts it off. then try to understand why i ‘want’ a thing i am envying in someone else. See what has lead me to that ‘desire’. then study that desire and want and find what is at it’s ‘core’ – then eliminate the false ‘need’ from within me so that the True inner ‘need’ can be revealed, claimed and owned. In Jesus Name – Amen.
I don’t personally feel I’m all that ‘big’ on envy but this post is hopefully not just about me and my ‘sin’ but about you and yours (such as may exist? 😉 )
OK – over to you all 😉 ( Sorry Mand!)