Written by cycleguy on July 1st, 2022

I read of a movie called The Prestige. I have not seen it so I will rely on someone who has. It is the story of rival stage magicians in late 19th century London. Both men were brilliant and ambitious. Both want the best. The film follows the obsessive drive they each have and underneath their drive to be the best is a fierce competition which leads to murder and self-destruction. Their rivalry, fueled by envy and jealousy, wreaks havoc in their personal and professional lives.

Proverbs 14:30 says, “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.”

Socrates called it “the ulcer of the soul.” Envy is a sickness of the soul, a consuming, wasting spiritual disease (cancer) that devours its host from the inside out. Like cancer, it eats away at us from the inside out. So many people are being eaten alive by envy (and its evil twin jealousy) they don’t even know it…or recognize it.

My series on 7 Cancers continues this week with my sermon on envy I’ve entitled “The Green-Eyed Cancer.”  Think “green with envy” and you get the picture.  I hope you will join me in person or via live stream. We meet at 9:00 and 10:45.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Hope to be “there,” Bill!

  2. gail says:

    Father, help us to be content in all situations as is stated in Philippians 4:11-13, let us be full of gratitude for the blessings we have not full of envy for what we feel we should have. Help us to live according to Philippians 2:3-11, to serve You, and to help others rather than be fixed on our own gain.

  3. Linda Stoll says:

    something to be very cautious and beware of, Bill …