A tranquil heart is life to the body, But jealousy is rottenness to the bones.
Our bodies are extremely complex. The Bible talks about psychosomatic illnesses often, especially in the Psalms regarding how our emotions affect our health.
Emotions such as envy, guilt, shame, and many others cause us to feel drained, fatigued, and generally ill-tempered.
Envy, jealousy, and covetousness are common friends and stir up controversy and hatred. In the story of David1, we saw how King Saul envied the people’s praise of David and it eventually drove him to want to kill David. It also caused him to struggle and we read about his “troubled spirit” many times throughout the story.
So, don’t let envy through the door. I must guard my heart with diligence from this subtle sin, because it will seek to take possession and divide me against my family and friends. It will also seek to make me discontented and unhappy with my situation or my possessions.
What things to I envy in secret?
Father, search my heart today. Help me to be free of envy. Amen.