Envy Rots the Bones

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. (Proverbs 14:30) 
The definition of rot is to decay or the action of decomposing.
Have you ever smelled spoiled milk or rotting food?
It is a putrid stench, and can make you sick to your stomach.
Proverbs tells us that envy will rot our bones.
Envy looks at another and desires what they have.
Envy is so destructive that it robs us of joy.  It steals our peace of mind and causes bitterness in our hearts.
When we look at another and ache for their life, we fail to appreciate our own.
While someone else’s life may sound great to us, we do not know the struggles they may be facing.
However, Proverbs gives us the solution to envy.
It tells us that a tranquil heart gives life.
Tranquility means we are calm and quiet.
We are not fretting over what we don’t have.
Lord, give me a tranquil heart, one that looks to you with gratefulness. Replace any envy I may be experiencing with an appreciation for all you have done for me! Amen.
When I read this devotion it blessed me so much. I felt it had to be shared. So often we are trapped in this web of lies, thinking the grass is greener on the other side but I am reminded of a saying. “The grass isn’t greener on the other side, the grass is greener where you water it”. So the next time you find yourself aching for someone else’s life, remember this devotion, stop and count your blessings, water your grass.
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!