Envy can help us to recognize the areas where we feel weak.
Prayer:Lord, sometimes there are areas of my relationships with others in which I find myself filled with envy. I recognize that envy can be very dangerous to my spiritual well being, so I ask you today to use envy as an opportunity to help me better understand and address my own needs. Help me to see why I carry envy in certain relationships. Help me recognize areas of discontent in my own life, areas where I feel unfulfilled. Lord, I understand that those areas symbolize a void in my own life that only you can fill. Thank you for your mercy, God. Amen.
Affirmation: Today I will recognize areas of envy in my relationships. I will seize this opportunity to be more introspective about my own needs.
Admit areas of envy and describe how envy can be destructive to your well-being.
Some words to ponder…
“Self-love is the form and root of all friendship. Well-ordered self-love is right and natural—so much so that the person who hates himself or herself sins against nature. To know and to appreciate your own worth is no sin.” Thomas Aquinas
“The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw and knew I saw all things in God and God in all things.” Mechtild of Magdeburg
“The truly wise person kneels at the feet of all creatures and is not afraid to endure the mockery of others.” Mechtild of Magdeburg
Humility and reverence.
Kneeling is more from our hearts than our heads.
Our Lord Jesus oftentimes said, “This I am. This I am. I am what you love. I am what you enjoy. I am what you serve. I am what you long for. I am what you desire. I am what you intend, I am all that is.” Julian of Norwich
“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” James 3:14-16
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” Proverbs 14:30
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
“Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” Proverbs 27:4