What the Bible Says About Envy, Jealousy, and Covetousness

Love is a difficult feeling to express in words. Exploring what love is not can help us to get a picture of what love actually is.

“If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.” –Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu

Although we often use these three words as synonymous, they are quite different:

1.  ENVY

  • The desire and resentment of what other people have or are.
  • It harbors anger, ill intentions, and the hope of undoing what others have or are.


  • The fear of losing what we consider rightfully ours.
  • It results in anger or withdrawal as means to protect the loss of what we consider precious. It may be a normal feeling; a warning signal as in the dashboard of our cars that tells of the danger of losing a loved one.


  • Dissatisfaction of what we have that leads to wanting to have other things.
  • It is an offense against Godthus the reason it is in the Ten Commandments because it presumes that we know better than God what we need and what is good for us. It becomes a rebellious and idolatrous action by putting ourselves in the place of God (Eph. 5:5).

“Christ did not teach and suffer that we might become, even in the natural loves, more careful of our own happiness. If a man is not uncalculating towards the earthly beloveds whom he has seen, he is none the more likely to be so towards God whom he has not. We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it.” C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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