Family Growth – Term 3, 2017
WEEK 5 – LIFE: Beyond Envy
Envy is when you want to take or wreck what someone else has and makes you hate them. Jesus died because of envy and gives us everything so we can have joy and show kindness.
All Ages Activity
Sometimes it’s easier to see envy in others than in us, so let’s look at envy and its effects in some well-known Disney movies. Think about the envy these movie characters felt:
|Movie||Character||What did they envy?||What did they do because of envy?|
|The Lion King||Scar|
|Snow White||The Queen|
|The Little Mermaid||Ursula the Sea Witch|
Now think about someone you envy. What do you envy about them? When does it make you start to hate them? Have you ever done anything because of that envy?
Did you realise that other people may be envying you? What are some things you have that others might envy? Are you happy or thankful to have these things?
God is the giver of all things, so we should be thankful for what we have and also for what others have. God’s wants us to find joy in what He has given each of us because His mercy has saved us from our envy and hatred of others through the ultimate kindness and love of our Saviour Jesus.
Dear Lord, Thank you for showing us mercy and giving us many other things to be thankful for. Help us to find joy in your gifts to us and to others instead of being envious.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.