James 3:13-4:10 – A Cure for Envy (part one)

This week we’re continuing in the letter of James, which is all about the temptation to be double-minded: trying to be friends with God and friends with the world. Over the next two days we look at James 3:13-4:10.

Alain de Botton, in his book Status Anxiety, argues that our happiness and satisfaction with our life aren’t related to what we have. Instead, he says, our happiness and satisfaction are usually dependent on what we have when compared with everyone else!

Transport me into the majority world and I’ll instantly feel like a millionaire; take me to a cocktail party in the eastern suburbs of Sydney (American readers: in the Hamptons) and I’ll feel like a pauper. Although my actual wealth hasn’t changed, my perception of my wealth has. My satisfaction, then, has become dependent on the relative wealth of those around me.

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