Examen – Week 6
A guided examination of consciousness related to envy
Spend a few moments in silence…
Become aware of God’s presence…
Think back over the day:
- What did you work on today?
- What were your primary emotions today?
- When were you anxious today?
- When did you feel fear or tension or frustration in your spirit today?
Reflect on these ideas of envy –
- “Feeling bitter when others have it better.”
- “Resenting others’ gifts from God because they appear better than ours”
- “sadness at the happiness of another.”
Think about the people you encountered and your interactions with them:
- Do you envy the abilities, talents, ideas, good-looks, intelligence, clothes, possession, money, friends, family of others?
- Are you saddened or frustrated at the success of others?
- What do you lack or think you lack that is causing you to envy another?
- Are there any particular people that you envy? Why?
1 Corinthians 13.4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Offer a prayer of confession:
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Give thanks that despite our sin and failings we have a saviour, Jesus, who we are united to by faith so that his life becomes our life, and so we are fully accepted by God.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord’. 1 Corinthians 1.30-31
End your time of reflection by offering thanksgiving for all that God brings to mind.