THE STUMBLINGBLOCKS OF ANGER AND ENVY
Anger and envy are a double edged sword. Both work together as stumblingblocks to amplify our sinfulness. Together, they sweep us away down the slippery slope from which it is sometimes hard to recover.
Here is the dictionary meaning of anger.
MEANING OF ANGER
- Anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility1. It is an intense emotion you feel when something has gone wrong or someone has wronged you. It is typically characterized by feelings of stress, frustration, and irritation
- Anger is often accompanied by physical effects such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline
- It can also mean to make someone feel anger or to begin to feel anger oneself
- Anger can be caused by both external and internal events, such as specific people or events, personal problems, or memories of traumatic or enraging events.
Now the bible is very clear on how anger affects the lives of believers.
Jas 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of Aluah.
Sha’ul goes a step further. Knowing that we will most likely get angry, tells us this:
Eph_4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
So even if we get angry, we are to ensure it does not result in sin.
But what about envy?
MEANING OF ENVY
According to Oxford Dictionary, envy is a noun that means a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.
It can also be a verb that means desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable thing belonging to someone else. For example, you might envy your friend’s new car or their talent for singing.
So what happens when both are combined? That is often the case, so let us get more from this episode, to see how we can escape them.
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