Love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire. Song of Songs 8:6
Jealousy is one of those things that can be a bad thing if demonstrated in a non-loving way. The Love Dare reads: There are actually two forms: a legitimate jealousy based upon love, and an illegitimate jealousy based upon envy. (p. 36) We know that there are many biblical warnings against jealousy based upon envy, but it also refers to God as a jealous God who is love.
We serve a jealous God. Think of the golden calf Israel had Aaron make while Moses was “taking forever” up on that mountain. God was jealous then and He’s jealous of everything we value in our lives before Him.
God’s jealousy is being for His people because He loves us so much and wants for us to keep us first. His Word also speaks a great warning to those who would be jealous of someone who has something that we want. That kind of jealousy can lead to bitterness and anger if not tempered by learning to love others. Perhaps you’ve witnessed a marriage crippled by jealousy – it’s never pretty. It’s time to let love, humility, and gratefulness destroy any jealousy that springs up in your heart. It’s time to let your mate’s successes draw you closer together and give you greater opportunities to show genuine love. (p. 38)
This isn’t just for those of who are married. I’m not and God may have it mapped out that I one day meet the man He’s chosen for me, but then again, maybe not. I’m okay with that. But that doesn’t mean that I can live without applying this to my own life. Or you to yours. We should cheer one another forward; encourage each other to excel at every opportunity. If we do that, we take a step away for selfishness. We take the focus off of ourselves and move towards oneness.
Scripture to encourage you today:
You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous of His relationship with you. Exodus 34:14
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:24-26
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immortality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Romans 13:13,14
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16
Today’s Challenge: Take yesterday’s list of negative attributes and wrongs and destroy it. Pray that your negativity will disappear and ask God to heal that hurt, replacing it with love. And encourage someone you love today. Add this to everything else you’ve done the last three days.
Work cited: Kendrick, Stephen and Alex, The Love Dare (Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2008)