Envy is a predatory behavior filled with potential for all kinds of evil.
The history of envy began with the ambition of a powerful being who wanted the place of God himself. He declared, “I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14).
This being spread his envious spirit to the human race when he introduce what has been called, “The suspicion of Eden” – a suggestion that humans should desire the place of God – “You will be like God…” (Genesis 3:1-6).
Envy emerged in the first human family as the primary motive for the first act of homicide. Cain killed his brother Abel out of envy (Genesis 4). Later in the New Testament, we learn that Cain, “belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother” (I John 3:12), allowed envy to be a prelude of the heart to homicide (Genesis 4).
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