(Proverbs 27:4 KJV) Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
What is the problem with “envy” (jealousy NASB) (7068)? This is a frequent concern in the Bible. The two most frequent translations in both the KJV and NASB are “jealousy” and “zeal.” The word carries the idea of extreme enthusiasm that goes beyond the bounds of reason and rationality. When it is used of the things of God, it is a good trait. In most other uses it is a sin.
I think it is worse because envy can take time to plan. It may start off spontaneously, but it tends to fester. Slights become magnified. Wrongs are amplified. This is another example of why it is so important for us to turn the other cheek and forgive.
So? Don’t let self-passion get a hold on you today. Someone will cross you. You may be right. They may be wrong. Don’t allow emotional response to take you from being right to being in sin.