The Green-Eyed Cancer

2022 THEME: For Such a Time. . .

Series: Seven Cancers

TITLE: The Green-Eyed Cancer

Scripture:  Proverbs 14:30; I Sam. 18:6-13; I Peter 2:1-3

 

“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” Pr. 14:30 (ESV)

 

     I.        WHAT DOES ENVY LOOK LIKE?      

 

What things prepare the heart for envy?  May 23 Truth for Life by Alistair Begg

1.      Envy is (forgetful).

2.      Envy misunderstands (blessing).

3.      Envy is (selfish).

4.      Envy is (self-righteous).

5.      Envy is (short-sighted).

6.      Envy questions (God’s wisdom).

7.      Envy is (impatient).

Envy can (hijack our joy), our (fellowship with others), and also our (fellowship with God). Why? Because (it isolates us).  Envy is (competitive) and is always (comparing) our outcome to that of someone else.  It also carries with it an inflated sense of (entitlement).

Our examples: Genesis 4: 4-5 and I Samuel 18

 

   II.        HOW CAN ENVY BE DEALT WITH?   

 

What are the symptoms?

1.      (Comparison).

2.      (Criticizing and complaining).

3.      (Ingratitude).

4.      (Hatred).

What is the cure?

1)     Mark 7: 21-23- the (humility of Christ).

2)     I Peter 2: 1-3- a concentrated effort to (rid ourselves of that particular sin).

 

Next Week: The Explosive Cancer- Ephesians 4: 26-27

 

 

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