Envy a Hinderance to Love

4 01 2014

21909694_sWe are in a series called What is Love Anyway? To read all of this series on love scroll back to The Beatitudes of Love, beginning on 11/9/2013. We have finished the different words for Love in the bible and now we are looking at fourth hindrances to love, envy.


“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

1Co 13:4

Envy has two manifestation, the active, verb form and the passive noun form. Knowing this fact helps us to understand this verse more clearly as both the 10375220_sactive and passive forms of envy are addressed.

To envy (passive form – the noun) is to have feelings of discontent or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.


To envy (active form – the verb) is to desire to have a quality, possession or attribute belonging to someone else.


Being boastful hinders and overtakes any patience we might have in a situation and while pride overtakes and hinders any acts of kindness we might take toward another person.


I think Matthew 6 gives us a key to breaking the cycle of envy in both its active and passive forms as we are told by Matthew not to practice our righteousness in front of others and gives us the truth that our greatest reward is not from man, but from our Father in Heaven!


Blessings and Complete Joy,



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