Thursday, February 9, 2012

Love Week (Part 2): God is a jealous God?

"It starts in the heart and is always wrapped in love" -F. Lugo

Let us pray: 

God, thank you for prayer. Thank you that it starts in the heart and is always wrapped in love. Help us to embrace your love more and more. Help us to share your love more and more. Help us to be at peace to receive your love more and more. Help us God to be that very image of your love more and more. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Jealous (defined by 
1. Solicitous or vigilant in maintaining or guarding something.
2. Bible: Intolerant of unfaithfulness or rivalry.

Now that we have the two healthy definitions to what being jealous is, let's look to God's love for us using those two.

I've heard someone misuse this verse in scripture; misunderstanding God's Word, "For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God," (Deuteronomy 4:24) Saying who is God to be jealous? What kind of an example is that for God to show? As all of us are, when we are uneducated in any area, we do what? Assume. Not only assume but in many cases assume the worst and immediately reject it.

God isn't a jealous God as human beings are jealous of what others have or attained, or accomplished. He doesn't look to vain attributes or desires them. God isn't suspicious, or envious in any way shape or form. Who God is, is a Father; a protector willing to do whatever it takes to protect His children from all intruders, invaders, enemies both foreign (from others) and domestic (from ourselves).

To all parents and parents to be, a greater scope of God's jealous love can be seen, grasped, appreciated and applied to the very households and lives where your children will reside and be a part of. If you had your child being pursued by someone or something, wouldn't you do everything in your power and use everything at your disposal to protect and saved them from harm's way? Of course you would! Whether it's from others or themselves you would display God's jealous love as well.

Therefore look to God's Word you parents, parents to be and this goes for all of us as well. Let us embrace and apply the attributes of God's character. He is! A loving Father. By such, we will see that His jealous love is warranted and quite needed yesterday, today and forever. Amen.

Ask God to come into your lives if you haven't already, and if so, to stir up your faith more and more. Then you too can have such a jealous love for others. Amen.

From now on when we take in the most famous words of all time, spoken by Jesus the most famous man of all time, know that God Himself displayed the greatest love of all time by the greatest sacrifice of all time...Jesus' death on His Cross. Amen.

For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

As always...YOU are loved! 

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