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Saturday June 9 – Envy: a way forward

Now the works of the flesh are evident…envy…but the fruit of the Spirit is love…kindness…goodness… – Galatians 5:19-23

Scripture reading: Galatians 5

Secure in the love of Jesus Christ and our identity as the Father’s children, I have no need to envy my brother or sister. I am a recipient of favor and kindness and grace that I could never earn or pay for. There is no higher or better privilege to reach for.

Harold Abrams and Eric Liddell were both runners in the Olympic Games. Harold was ‘known to have said to his girlfriend before a race, “If I can’t win, I won’t run at all.” Eric once said, “When I run, I feel God’s pleasure” – not when I win, but when I run.

The cross of Christ liberates us from envy into a spirit of compassion for one another. Content in what the Father has chosen to give to me, I am now freed up to want the best for you. The next time a friend receives a compliment that you have long desired, pray for the grace to authentically express your joy over his success. When a brother’s daughter succeeds, be happy with what the Lord has blessed you with, and be joyful with your brother. Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.

Look for opportunities to do good when no one but God will notice. Drop the need for recognition. Rejoice just in the brazen love of God for you.

Suggestions for prayer

“Let my happy place be amongst the poor in spirit, my delight the gentle ranks of the meek.” – The Valley of Vision: Christlikeness

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. Mark Stewart serves the Burlington URC in Burlington, WA.

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