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Spiritual Osteoporosis (Proverbs 14:30)

Introductory Thoughts

Physically speaking, the life of the flesh involves a sound heart (Proverbs 14:30) and blood (Leviticus 17:11). Without these, a man will not long survive. In like manner, much emphasis is also placed upon the importance of sound bone structure. A man who has problems with his bone density and strength finds his quality of life greatly hindered. According to the Bible, we can draw a parallel between bone strength and spirituality. The Bible says that envy is the rottenness of the bones. As bone strength declines, the individual becomes prone to falls and injury. In like manner, as a person allows envy to take root within his heart, he becomes unstable and prone to falling and personal injury. Those who refuse to repent of envy will ultimately lead themselves into an untimely spiritual death.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Absaloms pride caused him to envy his fathers position as king. He spoke against his father, stole the hearts of the people, and prepared an army with the intent of killing king David. Even though he appeared outwardly strong, his heart within was not right with God (Proverbs 6:12-19) and he died in battle.
  • (For everyone): How has envy weakened your walk with the Lord? How long have you allowed it to go unrestrained? Will you allow it to continue to harm you?
  • If you had a bone disease would you seek treatment in order to increase your quality of life? What would you do if you had a spiritual bone disease?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to help you avoid the sin of envy.
  • Ask God to protect your walk with Him.