A Jealous God – Part 8

jealousy

 

Our final post on jealousy, and I want to thank you for tagging along with me on this series.

Little did I think after taking the challenge of my Sunday School teacher on studying jealousy, that I would find some of the teaching I have – It has been challenging, and rewarding at the same, and I want to thank the Lord for His jealousy for my soul.  His jealousy has sought me out and seeks my good.  His jealousy is not like mine, in that His jealousy is patient, full of mercy and seeks my good along with His honor.

Thank you

So, let us proceed with 1 Peter.

1 Peter 2:1

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

I find it interesting that Peter links slander with envy in this verse.

The work of envy will result in malicious gossip and slander of another’s character.  The character of believers and non-believers. 

And yet we are to walk in truth. 

We are to live without deceit, so (follow my logic here…) if someone has a character flaw, is it not proper, nay, even required to inform others of this flaw?

Tsk tsk tsk – you have fallen into the trap I am slowly climbing out of.  Hear Peter calling out to us.

1 Peter 4:8

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

If my brother has a character flaw, I can freely go to him and lovingly seek to help him in his weakness, realizing my own weakness and frailty.  I am not to be his judge, passing judgement (real or perceived) upon him in front of others, by spreading slander.  I am to be his brother.

By the way, the Master walked in truth, coupled with grace.  Don’t let truth become your only foundation!

John 1:14, 17

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of graceandtruth.

For the law was given through Moses; graceandtruth came through Jesus Christ.

One more verse that speaks of jealously in the New Testament.  I knew this verse was coming up in my study, and it has arrived.  Let’s consider.

James 4:5

Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?

OK – here is the one New Testament verse that links jealousy with God directly. 
 
But I still am not sure of the exact meaning.  I found a commentator that seemed to capture my confusion.
 
David Guzik tries to explain…
 

Is it God jealously yearning for the devotion of our spirit which He put within us, or is it the Spirit within us jealously yearning for the full devotion of our heart

No matter, the jealousy of God is expressed in the New Testament in this verse and calls for each of us to draw closer to Him on a continual basis.

But let me ask you something.  Upon the time you decide to draw near to God, seeking to worship Him in truth and in spirit, competition for your affection from various sources becomes stronger. 

Do you not find that to be true my brother and sister?  This is the battle, and for one, I am finding that my battles are becoming increasingly distractive. 

Constant thoughts of prayer in a few minutes instead on asking for His help at the time.  Too many items to mention at this time, and my intent is not to discourage. I have one challenge for my reader – Right now, before you end reading this post, seek to draw near to God. 

Put away those things that are distractions – this blog being one of your distractions – and draw near to the Living God.


Thanks again for coming to visit. I hope you found something of interest in this post and would appreciate a comment, to begin a discussion.

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