Envy - Seven Deadly Relational Sins

Envy is the sin du jour.(and its worse than you might think, much more than just a jealousy thing!) A series to help you get your relationships on the right side of things. Definition: Envy is the sadness or displeasure at the good of another, especially the greater good, plus the desire to despoil her of the good, and incidentally have it for oneself. Dr. N. Plantinga, Calvin Seminary The great source of both the misery and disorders of human life seems to arise from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another. Some of those situations may, no doubt, deserved to be preferred to others, but none of them can deserve to be pursued with that passionate ardour which drives us to violate the rules either of prudence or of justice, or to corrupt the future tranquility of our minds, either by shame from the remembrance of our own folly, or by remorse from the horror of our own injustice. Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, 1759 All men seek happiness. There are no exceptions... Yet all men complain... A test which has gone on so long, without pause or change, really ought to convince us that we are incapable of attaining the good by our own efforts... this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite object. Blaise Pascal,17th century physicist/philosopher in Pensees Rejoice with those who rejoice... The Apostle Paul, Romans 12:14, NIV Love does not envy The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. The Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:11-13, NIV Images by Sarah Van Sloten