The Poisonous Passion of Envy (Thurs. April 22)

The word of the day is “envy.”  The first death of a human being happened because of murder when Cain killed his brother Able.  Why did Cain do such an awful thing?  Because of envy.  In our reading of Proverbs 23:15-24:5, the wise sage of Proverbs writes, “Do not let your heart envy sinners but be zealous for fear of the Lord all the day (NKJV vs. 7).  The sage cautions us about envy not only because it is a passion, that is, an unholy desire.  But the sage warns us to guard against it because of its result. Today we learn that when envy is fully mature, it bears the fruit of hatred. Envy grows from seemingly mild and…