KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 18:7 (KJV). “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”
OFFENCES are a very common condition that easily happen to many. One area where people are overtaken with offence is envy. Envy is when one develops a bad feeling towards another individual, because he sees an advantage, success or opportunity in the other party. Envy is an unconscious acceptance of failure and a rejection of what God has for you and says about you
King Saul envied David and as a result fell out of God’s program for himself. He lived in offence for a great part of his reign. This offence drove him into various levels of madness. On two different occasions he attempted killing David with a spear. David was sent by God into his life as a preserver of his life and the stability of his reign, yet envy, working out offence made him fight his own deliverer. Joseph’s brothers were terribly offended in him, all because of envy. Joseph was an appointed deliverer for them, yet, they tried to kill him. The Pharisees schemed till they killed Jesus, who was their savour LESSON. MOST OF THE PEOPLE, YOU MAY OFFENDED IN BECAUSE OF ENVY ARE MOST PROBABLY GOD’S ORDAINED SOLUTION FOR YOU.
IT is surprising to find a man offended with his wife because of envy. Some do everything to ground their wives from making it FINANCIALLY, so they could dominate them. There are senior Pastors who are just mad with some younger upcoming and enterprising Pastors, all because of envy. Such men or women would do everything to frustrate this young pastor. The very terrible part of envy is that it always makes a murderer out of you. A careful study throughout the Bible shows that all those who were offended in their neighbours out of envy either murdered their victim or attempted to murder them (examples are Cain and Abel, Joseph’s brothers, the Pharisees and Jesus, king Saul and many more) . Envy poisons your whole system and makes you a walking mystery.
The root of envy is pride, wickedness and competition. Repent of all these, choose love, humility and wisdom. Just enjoy the blessings and advantages of the one you envy and make your life better. Note: All those beautiful fruits you see in the envied was put there by God, not for that person, but for you and many others,
GOD is the giver of all good things. I appreciate every good thing in all men. I partake of the blessings and excelling of those close to me. My life is enriched and bear no offence.
Job 5:2 (KJV). For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.”
Proverbs 14:30 (KJV). “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”
Proverbs 27:4 (KJV). “Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?”