Epicaricacy, rejoicing over others misfortune, Proverbs 24:17-18

I learned a new word.

But I hope I won't be guilty of it.

This word means "Rejoicing at or deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others."

Our fallen human nature sometimes derives pleasure from the pain of our enemies. Even worse, some folks are jealous of non-enemies and secretly enjoy the pain of their friends and relatives. 

God promises each of us will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7)*, but He isn't pleased when we enjoy anyone's misfortune.

"Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them." Proverbs 24:17-18 

God is interested in our hearts as well as the hearts of our enemies.

Today take a moment and ask God to reveal any envy, jealousy or epicaricacy you might be feeling toward others.
*Sometimes this isn't fully realized until heaven

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