Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways.
Do not envy a person who violates the law of God. Our society exalts violence. TV shows are as popular according to the amount of violence, promiscuity, and rancor that can be displayed. Reality shows are only as interesting as the producers are able to manipulate conflict among the contestants. Shows awarded for being cutting edge are shows that glamorize the mob, other forms of violence, and promiscuity. Notoriety is the preferred form of fame and the easiest path to take to popularity. Those who are notorious are hailed for their independence and their boldness. Radio and TV talkshow hosts reach success by being rancorous.
Do not envy such persons. Do not exalt them. And definitely do not copy them. Envy the man of peace, the person who strives to serve God, the individual who is marked by humility. Envy the person who possesses wisdom; the one who follows God’s royal command to love his neighbor as himself. Envy the person who is content.
Envy the person who loves Jesus Christ because he knows the peace of Christ.
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