June 4: Deadly Sin #2- Envy (Psalm 37:1-11)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Scott Forney will continue a series going through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" at 10 am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
1Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers! 2For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb. 3Trust in the LORD, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.5Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act.
6He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.7Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!8Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.10In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
11But the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.
In our second deadly sin, we are confronted with the green-eyed monster of envy. Some call this the 'lost sin' because we have become so settled with its presence in our lives. Even though it is very common, it is still extremely deadly. Envy is not simply having desires for things or people but having a sorrow over another person's good fortune. Proverbs 14:30 warns us that envy rots our bones and eats us alive. We can find envy lurking in our parenting, marriages, jobs, schooling, financial situations and so on. You must kill envy because it will ultimately destroy your joy, your relationships and even your love for God. Ask the Spirit of God to reveal areas of your life where envy has crept in and taken root.
Review and Apply
Explain the difference between greed and envy?
What areas of envy reveal the counterfeit gods in your life?
Over what areas do you compare yourself or complain about?
Read Philippians 2:5-11 and explain how Jesus perfectly models humility and joy for us.
In what ways does envy ruin your life?
What are some ways to put envy to death?
How does delighting in God lead to rejoicing and not envying?
How can your grow in giving greater thankfulness?
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