Envy reveals itself in hate, lies, hypocrisy, and slander. To cherish envy is insanity. To nurture it is suicidal. The ancient Greek storyteller Aesop (620–564 BC) tells about two eagles, one envious of the other who could soar higher and more elegantly than him. Trying to wound and kill this other, the envious eagle kept plucking the strongest feathers from his own body and shooting them as arrows. That became his downfall. He couldn’t hit the higher-flying eagle, and was soon grounded by the loss of his feathers. Envy is self-destructive! “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.…A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (1 Peter 2:1; Proverbs 14:30; NIV). Envy stinks and kills!—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim
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