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Pride, Jealousy, Envy

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    This Lesson teaches what the following qualities if allowed in any degree as true about man, can damn us and make us do what we would not otherwise do. Obviously NOT from God and NOT part our true being which is holiness, harmony, immortality, completeness and contentment if we know it!!
    It is clear that Cain’s pride was hurt when his offering is not deemed the more spiritual, jealousy and envy follows leading him to murder! Something he would not have done if he was content with the knowledge of his own completeness. Hence our caution to WATCH.

    JEALOUS, adjective jel’us.
    1. Suspicious; apprehensive of rivalship; uneasy through fear that another has withdrawn or may withdraw from one the affections of a person he loves, or enjoy some good which he desires to obtain;
    2. Suspicious that we do not enjoy the affection or respect of others, or that another is more loved and respected than ourselves. Full of competition.

    PRIDE, noun
    1. Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.
    PRIDE goeth before destruction. Proverbs 16:18.

    EN’VY, verb transitive [Latin invideo, in and video, to see against, that is, to look with enmity.]
    1. To feel uneasiness, mortification or discontent, at the sight of superior excellence, reputation or happiness enjoyed by another; to repine at another’s prosperity; to fret or grieve one’s self at the real or supposed superiority of another, and to hate him on that account.


    In contrast, Mrs. Eddy provides us with a definition of Abel, which is a state of thought that is approved of God.
    “Watchfulness” – Ever watching for those selfish, mortal thoughts. Not letting them take root in thought.
    “Self-offering” – Offering himself in service as God, as divine Principle directs. Putting his service to God and mankind above his own needs.
    “Surrendering to the creator the early fruits of experience” – This is a state of gratitude to God for what he has and being content with it. It is a surrender of the false beliefs that man creates or man accomplishes what God has created and what divine Love has accomplished. This state of thought gives to mankind without thought of receiving anything in return. It tithes willingly without fear of not having enough.

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