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APRIL 2022

Bigger than Envy

by | 202204, Devotionals

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Narrated by Joyce Burton-Titular & Written by Honeylet Adajar Velves

Kung ang Espiritu ang nagbibigay-buhay sa atin, siya na rin ang paghariin natin sa ating buhay. Huwag na tayong maging palalo, huwag na nating galitin ang isa’t isa, at huwag na rin tayong mag-inggitan.

Mga Taga-Galacia 5:25-26

“Wow, nakabili na siya ng bahay ang bata-bata pa niya! Pero baka naman bigay ng parents niya.” “Si kumpare na-promote na naman sa work! Sipsip kasi ‘yan.” “Buti pa siya, ang caring ng asawa, samantalang ako nauwi sa lasinggero.” Ang mga reactions na ito, sounds familiar ba?

Bahagi na ng normal routine ng karamihan sa atin ang magbrowse sa social media kaya naman madali na tayong makabalita tungkol sa buhay-buhay ng mga kakilala natin. Pero teka, ang mainggit, normal reaction na rin ba?

Habang lagi tayong nakatingin sa buhay ng iba at ikinukumpara rito kung ano ang meron din (o wala) tayo, naku-cultivate ang inggit sa puso natin. Mahirap mang i-admit, pero envy is a common sin that we commit. At napakaraming consequences nito na hindi natin napapansin. For instance, instead of being happy for others, it steals our own joy of living. Hindi natin ma-appreciate yung mga blessings na meron na tayo. At sa halip na mag-aspire tayo to dream bigger and do better, we lose our own motivation as we watch others succeed in life.

Here are some tips to help us overcome this struggle:

  1. Confess. Admitting we have envy in our hearts is never easy but it’s the first step of surrendering it to God.
  2. Say No to Comparison. Stop looking at others’ blessings and putting yourself down. Cheer for them instead and celebrate your own victories.
  3. Trust God. Remember that He is bigger than our sins. He forgives and transforms us through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Yes, our God is bigger than envy!

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LET’S PRAY

Lord, I detect envy in my heart and now I surrender it to You. Teach me to rejoice in the victories of others and open the eyes of my heart to acknowledge the blessings that You have given me.

APPLICATION

When you browse your social media today, check your attitude and ask God to bless other people even more. Rejoice with them in their victories and post how God has blessed your life as well. Share this devotion on your social media page as you post about God’s goodness for you today.

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