Comment: Desire vs Envy - overcome by Contentment, Love & Thankfulness

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Desire vs Envy - overcome by Contentment, Love & Thankfulness

Romans 13:9 KJV
For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Why channel envy? Why not just confess it as wrong and move in the direction of love?

The original commandment:

Exodus 20:17 KJV
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

How about this one:

Hebrews 13:5 KJV
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Contentment is the key. It is something that must be learned because it is not possible to have everything that we might desire which could turn negatively to envy.

Philippians 4:11 KJV
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

I think being content has a lot to do with being thankful and grateful.

I agree though with the choices you present:

"When confronted by sufficient envy to provoke action there are three general options for the actor to choose from:

1. Take what causes the envy by use or threat of force against the possessor.

2. Trade with the possessor for what is envied.

3. Learn how to acquire something equivalent to what is envied through one's own productive capacities."

However, I would like to change the word “envied” to the word “desired.” And also add that if something cannot be achieved it is time to be content and thankful and perhaps contentment and thankfulness are more worth the cost than that which would be expended or traded for the item desired. i.e. I could acquire alot of things at the expense of my family... Thus a setting of priorities is in order before determining a course of action.

Wiki: Envy is best defined as a resentful emotion that "occurs when a person lacks another's (perceived) superior quality, achievement or possession and wishes that the other lacked it."

Wiki: Desire is a sense of longing for a person or object or hoping for an outcome. The same sense is expressed by emotions such as "craving" or "hankering". When a person desires something or someone, their sense of longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item or person, and they want to take actions to obtain their goal. The motivational aspect of desire has long been noted by philosophers; Hobbes (1588–1679) asserted that human desire is the fundamental motivation of all human action.

Perhaps it is just semantics, but envy carries a negative connotation while desire carries a positive one. Don't let your desires move into the realm of envy.