“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander along with every form of malice” – Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)
The sin of Cain and Abel which happened millenniums ago unfortunately still lives with us. Cain was bitter that his brothers offering were more acceptable to the Lord. Rather than deal with the problem he took to the easy escape of hating his brother. Consumed with envy he ultimately stabbed his brother to death. What followed is telling. Cain was banished into the wilderness.
Envy and bitterness are cancers we should all be wary of! There are always many trappings that could lead us into that poisonous spirit of bitterness and envy. It could be because someone has a better piece of property or maybe a more grandiose job. Some people the fact one has an apparently more beautiful spouse is enough to get them going.
The fact of the matter is there is never shortage of things to be envious of. Someone out there will always seem to be better off at something. But while what others have we can’t control there is something we can control. Bitterness and envy. And when we do so we are free of that cancer that can come to take away all of our joy and bring ruin to us, just as was for Cain!
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that I never allow the cancer of bitterness and envy to take hold of my life.