Contagious Sin

James 3:16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James 4:1-2  From whence come wars and fightings among  you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

ENVY AND STRIFF

  • Envy is: distress over another's success
  • Envy is founded on scarcity
  • envy causes us to:
    • Only see our lack
    • Be unable to celebrate
    • Believe God is limited
  • Good eye vs. Evil eye
    • 1 Samuel 18:9-11
    • Matthew 6:23
  • Today's equivalent of the evil eye: Gossip

 

ENVY'S EVIL COUSINS

  • Bitterness
    • Hebrews 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
  • Blame
    • dam and Eve
    • Israelites vs. Moses

 

HOW DO WE PROTECT OURSELVES?

  • Discover it
  • Confess it
  • Forsake it
  • Virus protection: LOVE