Envy…

It looks like Paul Tripp is back to blogging again.  I found this post on Envy to be especially helpful to me.  Here’s an excerpt:

You must understand that envy is an interpretation. Envy is not an emotional response to what is. It is a particular interpretation of what is. Envy is a way of looking at and assessing what is that results in particular emotions and actions. But this needs to be said even more strongly; envy is not only an interpretation of what is, it is a distorted interpretation of what is. Envy is looking at life through a rippled window that will always distort whatever you see. In that way envy is madness. In its own way, envy separates you from reality. Envy expands certain facts, it neglects certain facts, and it reshapes certain facts; all the while presenting itself as a valid, accurate and reliable view of life. It makes you like the crazy guy on the street. What makes him crazy is that he doesn’t know he is crazy. He looks, speaks and acts weirdly because what he thinks is real simply isn’t real. Such is the world of envy. Envy is rooted in a distorted interpretation of life that will make you mad. Let me explain.

1. The distorted interpretation of envy makes it all about you. Envy always puts you at the center of your universe…

2. The distorted interpretation of envy is always idolatrous. Envy always puts the creation in the place of the Creator…

3. The distorted interpretation of envy is self-righteous. What is the fundamental perspective of envy? Here it is; "I deserve better!…

4. The distorted interpretation of envy is always short-sighted. Envy simply forgets that this is not all there is…

5. The distorted interpretation of envy is the soil of other sins. Envy never stops with envy…

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August 18 2010 04:00 am | Blog

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