Don’t look at what others have in an envious way, but be thankful knowing that I can do the same thing for you. See the blessings you do have and be thankful. I reward a thankful heart!


If you can’t handle being despised when you haven’t done anything to deserve someone’s hatred, you can’t handle being a Christian.

Because God blesses His people, He shows favor for those who love Him. The world just can’t figure that out.

He will cause a younger son to get the inheritance or a divorced wife to find the best husband in the world. He will cause the tornado to miss your house when it destroys all those around it. Why? Because He loves to make a difference through and for insignificant people.

This doesn’t make others happy. In fact, people will become suspicious of you – even envious or hateful toward you. Why should you get a break when they don’t? Why should you be blessed when they are not? You shouldn’t have peace and joy because they don’t.

When you are hated by the world because you belong to God and He blesses you, don’t stop following God. Don’t let your detractors keep you from going after God and all He has planned for your life.

If you soldier on, He will make enemies who should defeat you, to become defeated. He will take the sickness that should kill you, and kill the disease. He will take your pain-filled head and turn it into a mouth filled with praise.

When God stands up for His children, it makes people mad. When you are obviously blessed, others get upset and jealous. These are the facts of life in a world full of death. Know it and learn to deal with it through prayer and perseverance. Your example may lead to your enemy’s salvation.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:44-45

If you’re blessed, you will have enemies – envy works that way. Pray for those who want the blessing you have. Ask that they be convicted, corrected and brought right with Jesus so they can be blessed as well.

From my book: Soul Invasion