“BUT THE JEWS, BECOMING JEALOUS AND TAKING ALONG SOME WICKED MEN FROM THE MARKET PLACE, FORMED A MOB AND SET THE CITY IN AN UPROAR, AND THE HOUSE OF JASON, THEY WERE SEEKING TO BRING THEM OUT TO THE PEOPLE”.
There’s a new movement that kills faster than a lethal weapon. It is dangerous, it is cancerous and very ruthless. It is the fundamental danger facing not only the church, but the political landscape, marriages, businesses and even among academia. It is a restless reform movement that can cause serious consequences for the growth of the church, the nation and individual successful businessmen and women. “IT IS CALLED ENVY”.
Envy is a feeling of unhappiness (resentment) at the blessing and fortune of others. According to Merriam- Webster, “it is the painful and often resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by someone else”.
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones”. (Proverbs 14:30)
In the midst of envy, people weep at those who rejoice, and rejoice over those who weep. Envy is a gnawing worm, a green- eyed monster, the restless ache of the shriveled heart. Envy is a subtle chameleon with many faces. It masquerades as the smooth flattery of imitation one minute, and then a holy, righteous indignation at injustice the next. In a country ( Ghana) where climbing up the ladder of success is as difficult as climbing mountain Kilimanjaro, people are still willing and ready to do anything to pull you down no matter how high you have climbed.
The danger is that, those who try to bring you down are not children of darkness, they are children of light, believers, followers of Christ, born again and filled with the Spirit of God. Success breeds envy like nothing else does, and along with it rivalry, unhealthy competition and covetousness. Envy kills initiatives, and it’s usually closer to home and operates from within; envy assaults our nearest relationships, close friends, loved ones and destroys marriages. Envy is a success killer, confusion creator and makes fellowship and worship impossible.
When it comes to success and ministry of others, will you be their biggest fan, biggest admirer or their biggest critic? (Wait for jaw breaking stories about how envy brought some great preachers and businessmen down in part two)
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.