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02/13/2017

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Faultfinding Motivated By Envy


"Good name in man and woman, dear my lord.
Is the immediate jewel of their souls;
Who steals my purse steals trash -----
But he that filches my good name,
Robs me of that which enriches him not
, And makes me poor indeed
."

Wm. Shakespeare's Othello Act 3 Scene 3

Very often, a faultfinder is motivated by envy. Of all the sins, perhaps there is none more vile or malicious than envy. Why? Because it seems that jealousy is always involved, as it may be defined as "discontent at the excellence or good fortune of another..." To put it in blunt terms, it is the feeling of a low character person who cannot stand for another to have what he or she does not possess. Just before the apostle Paul lists the fruit of the Spirit in Gal.5:22-23, he runs off a list of unsavory traits. Among them are; "sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like..." (Vs 19-20). That's pretty select company for a simple 4 letter word like envy, isn't it! In verse 21, Paul delivers a stark warning; "those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." After all of these negatives, its no small wonder that he lists the fruit of the Spirit in the next verse... The writer of the Book of Proverbs is just as biting when it come to envy... "A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones" (14:30). It looks like the writer views envy as a malignant condition that literally eats into the bones and character of a person, destroying him rather than the object of his envy. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy.... (1 Cor.13:4). Instead of a scripture, I used a quote from Shakespeare's Othello this morning. The words, ironically, are by Iago, but the sentiments ring out true and clear. The envious faultfinder does just this. He destroys the reputation of another without in any way blessing himself. We cannot be enriched by either the fortunes or misfortunes of someone else. Their successes or failures are theirs and will not impact whether we will inherit the kingdom of God. Only our own behavior can do that....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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