“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…
No! in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Love for our Saviour in our hearts is as strong as death and will hold us fast, even as the grave holds the body of the deceased person. There is no way we can be separated from Him, even though we should loose all we have. We bind ourselves to Him, who we love, and keep ourselves in the love of God. We work out our own salvation story with fear and trembling, watching and being careful that we remain in the love of God.
Our jealousy should be real when it comes to our Saviour, and we should let no other love take His place. We should guard our hearts jealously, so that all other things do not get in the way, and when they threaten our devotion, they are dispatched quickly. We need to keep the balance in our lives between love for others, including family, and our love for God. Other loves can quickly take over, and we can neglect our Saviour and not value His company any longer. To guard that love for Jesus is the thing that must take a top priority in our lives, and to know that as we serve other, we are serving Him.
The woman in the love story recorded in the Song of Songs, knows that an unhelpful jealousy can destroy a relationship.
“Jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a very flame of the Lord.”
Song of Songs 8:6
We must keep all things in balance. If we have family responsibilities, we cannot spend all our time serving God in some worthy cause and ignoring our family. We must spend the time and effort with those we love and who are closest to us and serve God in that regard also. Jealousy must not be allowed to raise it’s head, and spoil relationships and people feel aggrieved and left out from our lives. It is ideal that families should work together in the work of God, but this does not always happen. As we serve our Lord, we must not neglect our loved ones, and provoke jealousy.
Gossip must be kept at bay, so that people are not excluded and kept out of things. It is so easy to put someone down, and if it happens continually it will affect the attitudes of the people involved. This is why gossip is so wrong. It promotes petty jealousies and is not conducive to good personal relationships. Gossip about and jealousy towards another person is like a fire that rages. It rages like the wrath of God and will destroy everything. We guard our hearts against it. We repent from it.
Jealousy for the holiness of God is also a fire that rages like a huge flame and purifies everything. We need this positive jealousy in our lives to make us the people we should be. The negative jealousy will only destroy and the two cannot exist together.
“For the Lord your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.”
This verse is a warning against putting anything before the personal relationship and walk we have with God. When we look for help from other sources other than God, we get into the mindset of unfaithfulness. It’s like saying we don’t really trust God and we need extra help. It is good to have Christian friends to talk with, but we must reason things out with God and through the understanding of His Word, the Scripture. God is holy and we must be holy too. Turning from our sinful mindset is crucial. This is why we need our Saviour Jesus. Only He can rescue us for this evil world and our own evil desires, and present us faultless before God on that last great day.
We set Christ as a seal on our heart, in the hidden spirit of love and we also wear it on our arm, the outward expressions do love towards Christ and His people, through service towards others. This will sustain us and keep us from sin. Let no temptation into your heart, but resist it and it will flee from you.
Keeping jealousy at bay, in regard to others and what they might have or be able to do, and keeping a jealous guard over our hearts, that God is magnified in our lives, will give us the right attitude as we run from evil.
“…for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 6:20