In the seventh installment of the “Bitter Roots” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at being envious in Hebrew chapter 12. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including ignoring God’s goodness in our life.


Bitter Roots, Part 07

Hebrews 12:15 – 15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

James 3:14-16 – But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.


  • Resenting God’s goodness in other’s lives.
  • Ignoring God’s goodness in my own life.2 Corinthians 10:12 – We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves… Galatians 6:4 – Each one should test his own actions…without comparing

Proverbs 14:30 – A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

himself to somebody else…

Letting Go of Envy

• Celebrate God’s goodness to others.
Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who


1 Samuel 23:17 – “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you.

• Embrace God’s goodness to you.
Ecclesiastes 6:9 – Better what the eye sees than the roving of the

appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT) – Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.