We need to choose between friendship with the world and friendship with God. If we favour the ways of the world, we will embrace the wisdom of the world. That “wisdom” will make us covet the things of the world, which will lead to envy and conflict in our world…
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”? (James 4:5)
We often use the words “envy” and “jealousy” interchangeably, but they are not necessarily the same thing. Envy is when we are discontented with what we have, and resentful over what someone else has. Jealousy can be the same thing, but there is also a good kind of jealousy. For example, a married man has every right to be jealous over his wife, in the sense that he can expect her faithfulness, and no other man has the right to take her from him. Likewise, a parent has every right to be jealous over the safety and well-being of their child. No one has a right to lay a hand on their son or daughter.
God is jealous over us! Our Father created us in His image, which means that we rightfully belong to Him. Jesus died to save us, so He has every right to lay His claim on us. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us, and He wants to completely fill us. He doesn’t want to share us with anyone or anything else. Jesus' Name is on the title deed of our hearts, so He is justified in telling anyone not of God to get off His property!
Today’s Good News is that God loves us so much that He is jealous over us, and He does not want to share us with the world.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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