February 8, 2013 • Genesis 4:1-8 & 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
The comedian Groucho Marx once said, “No one is ever completely unhappy over the failure of a friend.” That’s pretty cynical and pretty harsh but really, haven’t we all sensed this in our hearts? Let’s say you know someone who always succeeds at everything and gets lots of attention as a result. If one day that person messes up, don’t you quietly think to yourself, “Well good—now he knows how I feel all the time!”? If you’ve ever been tempted to feel that way, then you’re struggling with the deadly sin of Envy, a sin that can easily hide under the surface in our lives. If we aren't careful there are messages in our media and culture ready to help us compare ourselves to someone else's standard of beautiful or successful. These moments can quickly lead to envious feelings and attitudes if we aren't careful. Today on Groundwork let’s think about envy and how the Holy Spirit can help us battle it in our lives.