Very Much a Lady
This quote from Shana Alexander's "Very Much a Lady: The Untold Story of Jean Harris and Dr. Herman Tarnower" describes a character that encapsulates arrogance, rudeness, and envy.
In this sermon illustration for Genesis 4:5-6, 37:11, or 1 Samuel 18:5-16, a scene from the film "Amadeus" demonstrates that success and talent doesn't make a person any less of a sinner.
The Festival-Envy Syndrome: Four Contexts of Worship
When people go to special events (festivals) to worship, there is often a special experience they have that they wish they had every week. We need to realize, however, that every worship experience has value.
When Desire Becomes Coveting
Francis Schaeffer writes that the difference between desire and coveting hinges on whether desire includes love of God and people. Suggested as an illustration for 1 Corinthians 13:4, Psalm 112:10, and Proverbs 27:4.
In this sermon illustration for Psalm 37:1, Proverbs 23:17, or Galatians 5:26, a cow's jealousy of advertised milk demonstrates the futility of envy when being compared to unattainable standards of perfection.
General Intercessions for Grace to Prefer Nothing but Christ, for Freedom from Envy, for those Who Have Lost Hope, and for the Unemployed and Underemployed, et al
This resource includes a prayer for all who have lost hope or who are suffering depression: that they may experience God’s presence with them today and recognize someone’s love for them.
I Want What They Have
It’s human to want rewards—even to envy them—as others collect their prizes. But when others succeed while you are not, don't resent, but watch, learn, and sharpen your own game.
Do You Know the Seven Deadly Sins?
Detailing the historical origins of "The Seven Deadly Sins," this article by Christopher Hunt discusses how the dangerous attitudes of pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust lead to destructive sin.
Home-town Guy Doesn't Get Any Respect for His Teaching and Miracles
Scott Hoezee's sermon starter on Mark 6:1-13 observes that the doubt and envy of Jesus' hometown acquaintances, and their refusal to give God glory, made it pointless for him to do very many miracles there.
Author Defines Whom We Envy
A quote by Alain de Botton about who people envy appropriate for Proverbs 27:4, James 3:14, and 1 Peter 2:1.
The Green-Eyed Monster
In this essay on envy and jealousy, Alyce McKenzie encourages readers to celebrate the spiritual gifts God has given them rather than wish for another's gift.
This resource consists mostly of sermon notes for each passage. It is possible to write sermons on mentorship/focus in ministry based on Elisha’s story or loving your neighbour/tolerance without compromise from the Galatian and Luke passages.