Scripture: Mark 9:38-4038 John said to him, "Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us." 39 But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me. 40 For he that is not against us is for us.
How can we overcome envy? With the love that God has put into our hearts
through the gift of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). The Holy Spirit purifies
our heart and frees us from our disordered passions, such as envy, jealously,
greed, and bitterness. God's love is a generous and selfless love which
is wholly oriented towards our good. The love that God places in our hearts
seeks the highest good of our neighbor. God's love purifies and frees us
from all envy and jealousy – and it compels us to give generously, especially
to those who lack what they need.
Every one in need has a claim on us because they are dear to God who created them in his own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). God created us in love for love. We are most free and happy when we love as he loves. The love and charitable help we show to our neighbor also expresses the gratitude we have for the abundant mercy and kindness of God towards us. Jesus declared that any kindness shown and any help given to those in need would not lose its reward. Jesus never refused to give to anyone in need who asked for his help. As his disciples we are called to be kind and generous as he is. Are you grateful for God’s mercy and kindness towards you and are you ready to show that same kindness and generosity towards your neighbor?
Gregory of Nyssa, an early church father (330-395 AD), comments on this passage: “God never asks his servants to do what is impossible. The love and goodness of his Godhead is revealed as richly available. It is poured out like water upon all. God furnished to each person according to his will the ability to do something good. None of those seeking to be saved will be lacking in this ability, given by the one who said: ‘whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward’” (Mark 9:41). Ask the Lord Jesus to increase your generosity in doing good for others.
"Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may radiate the joy of the gospel to others. May your light and truth shine through me that others may find new life and freedom from sin and the corruption of evil."
165 Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before you.
169 Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word!
170 Let my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your word.
171 My lips will pour forth praise that you do teach me your statutes.
172 My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight.
175 Let me live, that I may praise you, and let your ordinances help me.