Proverbs makes a point by saying, “Envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30). We always want what others possess; the fancier car, the more luxurious home, the – paying jobs, school scholarships, the attractive family, the rich and handsome man, the beautiful woman. We day dream about enjoying these things, resenting those who prosper. No wonder proverb describes envy as rotting the bones. The acid of envy eats away at our insides, rotting our peace, our purpose, and our hope. Purely and simply, we sin.
But the proverb also says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body.” (Proverbs 14:30a). We look to the Prince of Peace, who came with a heart only for others. He knew who He was and why He had come. He gratefully accepted the Father’s provision, renouncing the kingdoms of this world. At peace with the Father, He endured the storm of suffering and death for our sins. Though dead in the grave, His bones did not rot, for He rose on the third day to bring peace to the world.
Repenting of envy, we accept His forgiveness and receive His peace. “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). We gratefully accept God’s provision, rejoice in the blessings of our neigbour, and live like Jesus for others. God eliminated envy rot. Peaceful hearts give our bodies a new life.
RFERENCE: Philippians 4:10-13
Written by: Pius Isaac Sedofia