Summer Soak: Love Does Not Envy

Ahhh… it’s Tuesday. The day we look forward to gathering with sisters to share the ways Jesus invades our life story. Gather a few friends, talk it through, pray, share, and encourage one another in love.

This week we’ve been looking at what love is NOT… it is not envious. Have you found areas in your life where you are unloving? We hope you have some trustworthy faithful sisters on this journey alongside you.

Let’s dive in and see if we can find some healing for our hearts.

Stacy says:

I am uniquely made. At times I get caught up in being like someone else. This is my envy issue. I see gifts and talents in other women of faith and I want to be like them. Maybe in itself this is not a terrible thing, until I come to the place when I realize I’m not me anymore. Instead, I’m a copy of something I thought I wanted me to be. It’s joyless… tiring… and in the end… I’m usually worn slap out.

To fend off the envy enemy I must embrace the gifts God has placed in me. To see myself as a one-of-a-kind created for His glory. Theodore Roosevelt was right. Comparison is the thief of joy!

I must be reminded of who I am in Christ. Lord, how did you design me? What three words would you speak over me today?

I was surprised by the first one, even hesitant to write it down. Can this really be? Is this true? Am I really created to be vivacious?

I looked it up. Merriam-Webster’s defines vivacious as lively in temper, conduct, or spirit. Sprightly. Wow… in the center of me I can see it, but I’ve spent much time tamping my vivacious down in order to fit into a spiritual mold God never intended for me.

God speaks quietly… This quality I placed in you draws others to who I am in you. 

It sinks in slowly. I have taken something God placed in me and put it to the side. I’ve allowed envy to rain on God’s parade.

Knowing and embracing who you are in Christ. How your gifts were placed in you to love God and the world uniquely is the only way to live free. We are commanded to love, but not like others love.

We must love in a way that reflects the Master Artist who designed us. As if we shout out each day, I am a masterpiece! The work of the Father’s hands!

Carol says:

Both the week’s memory verse and Ephesians 2:10 were places I sat for a bit, seeking to accept who I am in Him and letting Him break up my heart to uproot the evil.

The first thing I struggled with came from the memory verse:

I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are you works; my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:14

I had to confess some unbelief. I don’t believe I am one of His wonderful works. My soul does not know this very well. Digging into the original language, seeking clarity, I found the Hebrew translated as fearfully means awesome, worth reverence. And wonderfully means to be distinct, marked out, be separated, be distinguished — one of a kind (both found in Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon).

Am I His wonderful one of a kind work? worth reverence?

Then Ephesians 2:10 built on the thought:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV

The Greek read as workmanship or masterpiece (NLT) means that which has been made, a work (Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon). But literally, the Greek means poem. Today, in their language the word for “poem” is this Greek word found in Ephesians 2:10.

To write a poem is an intentional literary work. Both word choice and content do not happen by accident. Poetry is not haphazardly dashed off. It is inspired, crafted, constructed in a manner to say what the author desires to say in a unique, often beautiful, way. There is depth to poetry. Mystery. Metaphor. Meaning discovered the more time you spend with the piece and the more you know about the author.

The same is true for us. We might not understand what He’s written us to be, but we see those around us who’ve discovered who they are and suddenly we envy.

In Christ, in relationship with Him, we discover more clearly the wonder written in us, if we choose to believe what He says about us — we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Refusing to embrace this truth, refusing to approach ourselves with reverence, awe, and wonder, prevents us from walking in the good works He prepared for us in advance.

Longing to walk in other people’s shoes keeps us separated from them and Him.

Choose today, along with me, to begin to see yourself as His poem to the world. Revere what He has put in you. Discover it in Christ. No one else can fill the shoes He’s prepared for you to walk in. Only you in yours. And me in mine.

They may take some getting used to. But when we do, they will be a perfect fit.

Won’t you share what you are soaking up with us. Did God speak a word into your heart about who you are in Him? What unique gift He placed in you?

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