Love Does Not Envy, It Does Not Boast, It is Not Proud

Series: Love Is ...

August 09, 2020 | Pierre Eade

"[Love] does not envy." ( 1 Corinthians 13:4b)

zēlóō (an onomatopoetic word, imitating the sound of boiling water) – properly, to bubble over because so hot (boiling) (Strong's 2206)

Envious feelings ultimately lead to angry feelings. There is a strong connection between envy and anger. “A husband is never angrier than when he is jealous; his revenge knows no limits.” (Proverbs 6:34, GNT)

“But eagerly desire the greater gifts.” (1 Cor 12:31)

“Earnestly pursue (diókó) love and eagerly desire (“zēlóō”) spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.” (1 Corinthians 14:1)

diókó: to put to flight, pursue, by impl. to persecute (Strong's 1377)


Exodus 20:17
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

It is impossible to love someone and at the same time be envious of them.

“But God was with and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.” (Acts 7:10)

It is wise to consider careful who we share our heart, dreams and visions with in life....


BUT GOD is greater than even the evil plots of mankind against you!

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ (Luke 15:28-30)

“Grace misunderstood will always lead to jealousy.” - Ravi Zacharias


Gratitude breaks the power of envy.

1. Gratitude for what God has entrusted to us.
2. Gratitude for other's and their blessings.

"Rejoice with those who rejoice" - celebrate other's victories.

This week, try expressing your happiness for someone else!

"[Love] does not boast." (1 Corinthians 13:4b)

Envy says, "I WANT WHAT YOU HAVE."
Boasting says, "I HAVE WHAT YOU WANT."

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.” (Proverbs 27:1, 2 NIV)

“[Love] doesn’t sing it’s own praises.” (GOD’S WORD Translation)

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

Never forget where God has brought YOU from!

“For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2 Corinthians 10:18)

Give God the glory and allow Him to be the one who approves of your work.

“But as for me, may I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

"[Love] is not proud." (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Pride may be the root issue of one's heart that causes them to boast.

Just as pride can lead to boasting, insecurity (and shame) can lead to envy.

Dr. Mark Baker writes, "Envy is hatred you feel toward another person who reminds you of what you are not. This is a two-person dynamic between you and one other person. With envy, you see qualities in someone else that trigger feelings of shame in you. Looking at this other person makes you realize that they are the person you should be, but you know in your heart that you are not that person. It is as if they are rubbing it in your face; you have failed to be the person you know you were supposed to be. And there they are, dancing around right in front of you, being all perfect and great, making you feel bad about yourself. So what do you do? You hate them. With envy.

Both envy and jealous are emotions of comparison. You are comparing yourself to someone else, and you fear you are coming up short. Both feelings are a threat to your sense of self, and both feelings are very dangerous to your joyful relationships with God and others. And as you have learned, both feelings are made much worse when they are being driven by shame-proneness. Nothing good comes out of the unconscious belief that you are worthless, defective, inadequate. Once that gets established, things only get worse." Overcoming Shame, page 107


“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances. I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)

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