February 21–Love Is–Part 3–Love Does Not Envy

God’s love is able to fill the very deepest needs and most persistent longings of our hearts and lives. And it is God’s love that not only is able to fill these deep needs and longings, but it is only God’s love that ever will fill them completely.

We need to stop seeking from any source other than God’s love to have our needs and longings met. Because if we don’t, an attitude of envy will grow up and fill us instead with bitterness, resentment and disappointment.

Love does not envy.  I Corinthians 13:4

 Love does not envy.

And in the presence of God’s love–there cannot be anything to envy. Nothing. Nothing fulfills us like God’s love.

But sadly, we don’t always allow God’s love–and the good gifts God has provided through His love–to really do what they were meant to do: fill us with deep satisfaction, contentment and thankfulness.

Love does not envy.

Envy takes a firm claw-like-hold on us whenever we look to other people, other things or other circumstances–anything other than God–to be the source for our happiness and our reasons for thankfulness.

Whenever we crave what else there is out there we become jealous and envious and lose all sight of the truth of God’s love.  

Love does not envy.

Envy feeds on twisted lies of dissatisfaction and ungratefulness: 

We want that something we don’t have,

we want that something that somebody else does have,

that different circumstance,

that different job,

that different title,

that different home,

that different car,

that different personality,

that different ability,

that different body,

that different father,

that different mother,

that different husband,

that different wife,

that different child,

that different life!

Love does not envy.

Envy shuts us away from God–and we no longer can see the truth of His love for us. Too many disappointments and resentments over what we don’t have cloud our view. But others can clearly view the ugly, greedy, jealous, satisfied-with-nothing attitudes that ENVY spews from us.

That is NOT the way love does it!

Love does not envy.

Envy keeps us from truly acknowledging and thanking God as the One who has given us all we need to satisfy our souls…as the One who has given us our very breath…and as the One who cut off the breath of His Son Jesus in order to forgive our sins and give us eternal life.

That IS the way love does it!

Love does not envy.

We need to look around. Not at anyone else. Just look around at our own circumstances and our own relationships.

We need to love the way love does:

Take Nothing and No One for granted

Find a reason (even if it’s a small one) to thank God:

for all circumstances in your life,

for all people in your life.

And thank them, too.

Give God thanks for who He is,

Give God thanks for all you have,

Give up  and get rid of all envy and bitterness

Be grateful…you will love more greatly.

All that we have, all that we are–are gifts from our God that come out of His soul-satisfying love for us.

We each need to let God’s love transform our minds so that envy and jealousy are crushed. We should no longer spew out envy onto those around us.

Rather, as God’s love transforms us we will flow more freely with a heart of thankfulness and appreciation to both God and to others. All those others in our lives who, like us, need God’s love to fill the deepest needs and longings of their souls, too. 

Love does not envy. 

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane