Envy Sermon Illustrations

Envy Sermon Illustrations

Aristides the Just was present at the Athenian assembly when that body voted that he should be banished. An illiterate member from the country, not knowing who Aristides was, went up and asked him to write the name Aristides on his shell for him, meaning that he voted for his exile. As Aristides obliged him, he asked the man if he knew Aristides, or had anything against him. "No," the man said, "I don't know him or know anything about him; but I get tired of hearing him spoken of as Aristides the Just."


Base envy withers at another's joy,
And hates the excellence it cannot reach.—Thomson


Envy! We find it in Cain, the first murderer, who killed his brother, at the instigation of envy. We find it in the dark and gloomy and revengeful spirit of Saul, who, under the influence of envy, plotted for years the slaughter of David. We find it in King Ahab, when he pined for the vineyard of Naboth and shed his blood to gain it. Yea, it was envy that perpetrated that most atrocious crime ever planned in hell or executed on earth, on which the sun refused to look, and at which Nature gave signs of abhorrence by the rending of the rocks: I mean the crucifixion of Christ; for the evangelist tells us, that, for envy, the Jews delivered our Lord.   Let us beware of envy!—J. A. James

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