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Avoid Bitter Envy

“But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth” James 3:14.

Many times in scripture, the word bitter is associated with food or taste but also many times it is used as a metaphor to describe extreme jealousy. It is used in the latter way here.

Bitterness in the scriptures is symbolic of affliction, misery, servitude, or wickedness or it can mean a harsh and hateful attitude. Envy means jealousy. So “bitter envy” describes one who is jealous of a fellow Christian and has a seriously hateful attitude toward him. This attitude comes from one who is trying to promote himself.

James says don’t boast about such an attitude because when one does so He is “lying against the truth,” meaning he is only deceiving himself about the reality of the situation.

Heeding admonition like that found here will do as much to get one’s heart in the right place as any teaching that can be found in any other scriptures. Bitterness can work to destroy a person’s heart and can cause him to lose focus about what is really important and what is beneficial spiritually.

"Thought for the Week - 05/21/2017" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.