Envy is one of the sins we are warned about repeatedly in both the Old and New Testaments. For an example, look at the list of fleshly sins in Gal. 5:21. Perhaps one of the reasons the Spirit continually warns us of such friends is what envy does to us. Forbes quotes editorial cartoonist Frank Tyger as saying, “The chief barrier to happiness is envy.”
--The Week, August 6, 2010 p. 17 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
When we look at others, see what they have, and become envious we find a quick road to unhappiness. Contentment with just the essentials is much to be desired, and is even related to godliness.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 (HCSB) But godliness with contentment is a great gain. (7) For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. (8) But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.