Envy is the desire for the others' property, possibilities, status, or situation, and, also, upset concerning their success and happiness. Envy makes people believe in a kind of illusion that another possesses that very thing they miss. It supposes the creed that the order set by God is unjust, and therefore, it is often followed by judging other people and God himself. That is why envy is considered to be a deadly sin.
The source of envy lies where the urge to become better is actually replaced by another one - to become better than others. Growing and developing one's gifts, as well as counting on a well-deserved reward for hard working, are not sins until they are grounded by one's own capabilities. The trouble begins when the aim has been changed: when is not your own growth but rise above others, or even worse Ц humiliation of others in order to show up on their background.
Envy is tormenting. If other sins have some "sweetness" about them, envy only makes one suffer and experience negative emotions, poisoning his life. Envy turns everything that is good into bad; others' joy and success only make an envious person feel his own inferiority; envy, gradually seizing all his soul, like a disease, gnaws at him and dries him out. The apotheosis of envy is anger directed at others' kindness and love. Envy undermines any relationship based on love, being very close to jealousy.
Envy, according to the Christian instruction, is opposite to —harity, which is understood not as a human and earthly love, but as the Divine love - love for everybody and everything, love without cause and selfishness. In its essence, the Christian love resembles the parental one, because parents do not cease loving their children and taking concern about their life, notwithstanding anything. When sincere and going from the heart, love always follows the words of Christ: "whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them.Ф
"Who loves Christ cannot hate people. In whom there is love, that one is not afraid because love banishes fear. In whom there is love, that one never scorns, nor boasts before anybody; he does not compete, envy, or laugh at other people's shortcomings, but tries to hide them. In whom there is love, that one considers nobody a stranger, but all people his friends.", Ц father Y. Maksimov.
According to the Christian science, you attain the Divine love following the principles "love your enemy" and "love your fellowman as much as you love yourself". If we love another person in order to receive satisfaction, or because he loves us, we are likely to love ourselves but not him. Self-love is the biggest wrench of love; true love means giving yourself to another person, self-sacrifice. And the one who loves one's enemies, too, rises above oneself. Loving one's enemies does not mean loving their evil deeds. We should love our enemies Уnot because we like them or their deeds, nor because they possess some type of divine spark; we love every man because God loves him. At this level, we love the person who does an evil deed, although we hate the deed that he does.",Ц M.-L. King.