Lenten Blog – 3/9/2018
It (love) does not envy.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4
Envy is wanting what others have. But envy isn’t so much about what others have. It’s really about not being content with what you have. God blesses us with so much. Sometimes He gives us a lot and sometimes little. The question isn’t how to get more, it’s how to be content with what you have. The apostle Paul put it this way:
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” – Philippians 4:12
Interestingly, this verse is followed by one of the most popular verses of the Bible which also happens to be one that is most misunderstood…
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
Paul is saying not that he can lift heavy objects, run a marathon, start a business, or any other way this verse has been used. He is saying he can be content in any circumstance, whether with plenty or in need by the power of God.
Love does not envy. It is content with what it has because God gives us the strength to be content.