Psalm 37:1-2 (NIV)
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
There is a great desire in men to compete with one another. This desire can have good and bad effects on our lives. It can both honor or shame God, dependant upon our focus.
If we are competing with other Godly men while pushing each other to greater heights, then it is very healthy.
As this Psalm points out we can sometimes focus on competing with those who play by a different set of rules. How much easier would it be to make money if you were willing to cheat somebody to do it? We certainly could all be better athletes if we took performance enhancing drugs. There are any number of ways to cheat and do evil in order to gain.
So why should we not feel envy of those who are getting ahead through evil? Because we have a perspective that is different. Of course they want to cheat, steal and lie to make their way in this world. For them, this world is all there is. When they die, they face an eternity separated from God where all their possessions will do them no good.
What we need to feel for these men is pity. We need to have an eternal perspective that lays aside our competitive fire and replaces it with a drive to accomplish eternal goals. As you mature in your faith, strive to keep your perspective eternal and “think like Christ”.