This post is part of a 7-week blog series through the 7 Deadly Sins (Pride, Envy, Anger, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth, and Greed). The 7 Deadly Sins are traditionally acknowledged as root vices that provoke an array of sinful behavior. At no point does the Bible outline this particular list of seven sins, and yet Christians throughout history have found this framework to be helpful. In the end, the purpose of this blog series is to guide and grow our practice of private confession.
Heavenly Father, every good gift and every perfect gift comes from above (James 1:17). All that I am, all that I have, is by grace and grace alone. You have blessed me in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). And yet, I am envious of my fellow man. I covet. I persist in a state of unholy rivalry. As a discontented recipient of divine grace, I desire the wealth, the status, the abilities, the circumstances, and the physical traits of others. I am constantly comparing myself to my neighbor. I am too self-obsessed to rejoice with those who rejoice. This envy is vanity, striving after the wind, and it produces only strife and toil in my soul (Ecclesiastes 4:4). It causes my bones to rot (Proverbs 14:30). O Father of lights, teach me gratitude, tranquility, and neighbor love. For true love does not envy (1 Corinthians 13:4). Silence the lies that batter my heart, and quiet my soul. Thank you for Jesus, who satisfies my every longing. Though he had no majesty, no wealth, and no beauty; though he was rejected, despised, and alone; though he was afflicted, oppressed, and crushed; Christ peered through the fog of anguish and found the eternal light of satisfaction in God (Isaiah 53). Teach me true contentment. Amen.