But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
The Sin of Comparison
There are two kinds of wisdom. The wisdom that is earthy and demonic, and the wisdom that is from heaven. Envy is the root of comparison. What this verse is saying is where you find envy and comparison you find every evil practice. Think about it. We all fall short in this area. Whether you are comparing your job, relationship, material things. Comparison produces a resentment and rejection in us that God never intended for us to have. When we compare and think God has blessed someone else more than us we are developing a resentment towards God. It opens the door for Satan, and allows him to work you against God. If you continue reading on to James 3:17 it says:
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”
Give thanks to God and break off every chain of comparison that you’ve done in the past. Seek wisdom from above and ask Him who generously gives to those who ask and believe.