Can jealousy ever be a good thing? In 2 Corinthians 11:2 Paul speaks of the "godly jealousy" which he has for the church. This jealousy he compares to that of a marriage. As a wife should expect her husband to remain committed to her, so Paul says the church should remain committed to God.
This language of jealousy is actually used for God toward his people a number of times in the Bible. Exodus 20:5 says, "I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God." Deuteronomy 4:24 says, "For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God." James 4:4 says, "Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?"
We can rejoice in the fact that God is jealous concerning us because it means he longs for us to be completely given over to him. He doesn't want a piece of us, just some of our devotion or a little commitment; he longs for all of us to be surrendered to him. When we are jealous it often flows out of pettiness, selfishness, envy or pride, but for God it flows out of love.
Question of the day: Why is it a good thing that God is jealous toward us?
Father God, thank you that you are jealous. Thank you that you desire all of me to be lived in communion with you. Help me to know that life is found in you alone and to live through you, with you and for you. Help me to honor you in all I do today. Amen.