I want that. I need that. How in the world can they afford that? They can’t make that much more money than we do.
I don’t know about you, but when I think about sin I think of murder, adultery, stealing – You know, the really bad ones. And then I start to feel pretty good about myself. I haven’t killed anyone or taken what doesn’t belong to me. I haven’t cheated on my husband. So maybe I don’t really sin that badly?
Reality check Sarah. I do sin and all sin is equally bad. And apart from Christ, those sins pull on me and hinder my ability to live in freedom.
One of my friends recently bought a new car. Yes, I was happy for her, but I also had a twinge of jealousy. My car is older and it’s nothing fancy, but it’s close to being paid off. How can I simply be happy for my friend instead of coveting what she has?
Proverbs 14:30 says “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot” (ESV).
Peace instead of envy. Bingo. That’s it. That’s the life Christ longs to give us, and He died too free us from the pull of this world and whatever sin we struggle with. He gives us the power to move from living perpetually discontent to feeling fulfilled and complete-in Him.
The next time you find yourself with a case of the “I wants”, thank Christ for freeing you to live at peace with a heart of gratitude as you learn to live Wholly Loved.
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