Scripture for Today: James 3:14 “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.”
I have never tried this. It looks complicated and time consuming. I suspect it requires some handling skills I sure do not have! But I can see the benefits of skinning a watermelon. There is nothing so annoying as scooping out the flesh too deeply and ruining that sweet mouthful with a taste of the bitter rind. I usually end up throwing out some of the fruit in order to avoid that bit of bitterness.
Today’s verse comes in the middle of defining two kinds of wisdom; earthly and heavenly. The earthly wisdom is full of envy and selfish ambition, leading to all kinds of chaos and evil. Heavenly wisdom exhibits itself in a life of good works done in humility (verse 13). Harboring bitter envy in one’s heart signals the presence of pride. That selfish thought that one deserves better is a sure way to become embittered.
I would be less than honest if I did not admit to thoughts of envy. I am constantly surrounded by those who enjoy the world’s “goodies” that I do not have. But what makes envy “bitter?” I cannot enjoy that sweet bite of watermelon with the bitter rind included. In the same way, I cannot completely enjoy all of God’s wonderful blessings while entertaining envious thoughts. It turns even the good things I enjoy into something sour. Wanting what others have even has an adverse effect on health, “rotting the bones” (Proverbs 14:30) But a “heart of peace” gives life to the body. I do not want anything this life has to offer as much as I want contentment!
Lord, help me to be thankful and contented with everything You have given me.
Look familiar? This is a repost due to summer ministry.