Antidotes for Envy

Donnabeth Aniban
3 min readJul 4, 2023
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash

No one is immune to feeling envious. Even Asaph, a gifted musician, expressed his battle with envy in the book of Psalms. In verses two and three of chapter 73, he wrote, “…my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

In the same chapter, he came up with a resolution to his agony. In verse 17 he said, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God. Then I understood their end”. He found clarity and peace when he entered God’s sanctuary. Only in God’s presence can we have the understanding and peace of mind that nothing in this world can offer.

Because we are humans, it is normal for us to feel things, including envy, but if we are not careful, these feelings can cause us to slip and stumble. As Christians, it is our responsibility to avoid and resist temptations. In the same chapter, Asaph presents some ways how we can avoid feeling envious.

1. Be in God’s presence.

God’s presence provides us with a sanctuary and refuge in our confusion and frustrations. His perfect love is enough to silence the troubles we face while we’re here on Earth. In His presence, we are secure enough so we won’t need to be comparing our lives with those around us.

2. Seek God’s wisdom.

The wisdom from God shows us has to deal with earthly affairs. Aside from guiding us so that we won’t slip into temptation, it also helps us not to be a victim of the deceit and greed of the wicked.

3. Focus on eternal treasures.

If we understand that all the material riches in this world are temporary it won’t bother us that much. God wants us to live our earthly life to the full. We can enjoy His creation. But, it should not…

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Donnabeth Aniban

Mom since 2011. Filipino. Former nurse and teacher. Writer and entrepreneur atm. I write mostly about life, business, health, productivity, and motherhood.