What Is Envy?Part-7

Seven Deadly Sins

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Envy is a complex and puzzling emotion. It is, notoriously, one of the seven deadly sins. It is very commonly charged with being (either typically or universally) unreasonable, irrational, imprudent, vicious, or wrong to feel.
Another way, Envy (also called invidiousness) may be defined as an emotion that "occurs when a person lacks another's (perceived) superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it.
Envy can also derive from a sense of low self-esteem that results from an upward social comparison threatening a person's self image: another person has something that the envier considers to be important to have. If the other person is perceived to be similar to the envier, the aroused envy will be particularly intense, because it signals to the envier that it just as well could have been he or she who had the desired object.

Envy is a universal and most unfortunate aspect of human nature because not only is the envious person rendered unhappy by his envy, but also wishes to inflict misfortune on others. Although envy is generally seen as something negative,
Bertrand Russell[1] also believed that envy was a driving force behind the movement towards democracy and must be endured in order to achieve a more just social system

Associated Demon:

Leviathan (pronounced /lɨËvaɪ.ÉθÉn/; Hebrew: ×Ö´×Ö°×ָתָ×, Modern Livyatan Tiberian LiwyÄṯÄn ; "twisted, coiled"), is a sea monster referred to in the Torah (the Christian Old Testament).
The word leviathan has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. In modern literature (such as the novel Moby-Dick) it refers to great whales, and in Modern Hebrew, it means simply "whale."

In Bible:

"Envy" is a Bible subject (Prov. 24: 1, 19). Envy, in fact, is one of the listed lusts of the flesh (Gal. 5: 21).
Envy is defined as, "Envy, is the feeling of displeasure produced by witnessing or hearing of the advantage or prosperity of others; this evil sense always attaches to this word, Matt. 27: 18"

Many of the worst imagined acts are prompted out of envy. For instance, Joseph's brothers "moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt" (Acts 7: 9). Some of the First Century preachers were motivated out of envy and envy lead the Jews to crucify Jesus Christ (Phili. 1: 15; Matt. 27: 18). Envy is to be part of the past life, not the present, of the Christian (Tit. 3: 3, 4). It is scary to realize that within man lies the potential to envy (Jas. 4: 5, KJV).
Even though envy is a strong lust, it can be controlled. Peter taught "laying aside...envies" (I Pet. 2: 1). Peter does not just teach to lay aside envy but spiritual growth is enjoined (vs. 2). Through the development of love, envy can be mastered (I Cor. 13: 4). Also, as the Christian rejoices with those rejoicing and weeps with those weeping, he is not allowing the exercise of envy (Rom. 12: 15, 16). Envy will keep people from enjoying the bliss of heaven (Gal. 5: 21).

How to Avoid Envy of Others:

1. Focus on your own strength

You may not realize it but there are people out there who feel discontent about your ability. You have something that another person does not possess. Discover that strength, talent or ability. Improve on it and practice more of what you do best. Your focus on your strength and putting in the necessary efforts will pay off.

2. Observe and learn

Simply stop envying the other person's success or qualities. Look instead at how she does things, learn her strategies and emulate them. Let her success triggers you to do more and become better. If she can make things happen, you can too.

3. Change your self image

If you want to live and feel differently, you must change your identity. Reprogram your mind to think of yourself as a worthy person. If you don't like what you have developed into, you have to change your mind about who you are and what you are capable of becoming. It's up to you to determine where you will end.

4. Control your emotions

Eliminate the desire to see the downfall of others from dominating your system. Your discontent produces energy and will attract more of its kind until it develops into a mental and emotional sickness. Channel your emotion where it serves you. Think instead of what you want and what you can do to take charge of your own life.

[1]Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, socialist, pacifist and social critic.[Although he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died.

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