Is It Wrong To Be Jealous?
The Lord is a jealous and avenging God. (Nahum 1:2)
When a person thinks of jealousy, it is usually in a bad connotation.
While jealousy is the act of being hostile toward a rival, jealousy is
also the act of being vigilant in guarding a possession. Jealousy in
its usual sense is sinful; however, jealousy can denote a godly
quality. Second Corinthians 11:2 says, "I am jealous for you with a
godly jealousy." In this sense, the word jealous is related to zealous
and is not wrong.
Godly jealousy shows love; not hatred. Godly jealousy shows compassion
and concern; not selfishness. Godly jealousy does not manipulate or
control. Godly jealousy results in protection; not harmful action.
HOWEVER, when jealousy is the result of selfishness, it is a sin.
Righteous jealousy is similar to righteous anger. Neither is wrong when
they are void of vengeance. God alone has the right to be both jealous
and avenging (Nahum 1:2)
Two Kinds of
The Lord is a jealous and avenging
God. (Nahum 1:2)
When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children,
she became jealous of her sister. (Genesis 30:1)
There are two kinds
of jealousy as indicated above. God's jealousy is appropriate. Human jealousy
is inappropriate and leads to sin.
God's jealousy is justified. God alone
has the right to be jealous and and to carry out venegeance. It is appropriate
for God to insist on complete loyalty and allegiance to Him and to Him alone.
Only God deserves our undivided devotion. When He doesn't get it, He defends His
word and His high honor. Therefore, we must treat only God and no one else in the universe
jealousy, on the other hand, is not appropriate. There is a spirit of
selfishness associated with human jealousy. Human jealousy is most often
destructive rather than constructive. It can destroy relationships and
friendships. And the most damaging thing about jealousy is that it can lead to
sin. Joseph's brothers were jealous of him and their jealousy led them to get
rid of him. (Genesis 37-50)
What is the best weapon against jealousy if
someone is jealous of you? Keep on loving the people who are jealous of you.
Saul was jealous of David, but David refused to harm him when he had the chance.
Let love overcome jealousy toward you!
What is the best weapon against jealousy if you are the one who is
jealous? Keep on loving the people you are jealous of. Become like Jesus Christ.
Role play what Jesus would do. Let love
overcome your jealousy toward others.
The Flip Side of God's Love
The Lord is slow to anger but great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. (Nahum 1:3)
is love and all His doings revolve around love, but the flip side of
God's love is His wrath. God is slow to anger, but He does get angry
and pours out His wrath on the guilty. God is slow to anger, but when
He is ready to punish, even the earth trembles. People sin and are
guilty of wrongful actions. Because they are not immediately caught,
they think they have gotten away with it. Because God's anger is slow,
people think they can continue to get away with unrighteousness and
injustice. But God's anger will come. God's wrath will come. God will
judge the nations and individuals. God will NOT allow sin to go
God is slow to anger because He allows
us time to reconcile with Him. Use the interval between your sinfulness
and God's wrath to establish a right relationship with Him. That must
be done in order to avoid His wrath.
Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel,
though destroyers have laid them waste and have ruined their vines. (Nahum 2:2)
Restoration is a promise God has made to His
people. The promise will come to pass no matter how long it takes. The
splendor promised in the above verse did take place. Compared to
Nineveh, which was destroyed and never rebuilt, Judah's honored place
in history was forever assured by the birth of Christ.
promise of restoration also applies to us who walk upwalk and serve
God. Enemies might have destroyed our hopes and dreams, but God will
restore us to a position more mightily than before. Even though our
vines have been ruined and have been laid in waste, God will restore us
in due season.