For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. 2 Cor 11:2
Allow me to contradict myself somewhat from my last Morning Thought.
The definition of jealousy from Dictionary.com:
- 1. feeling resentment against someone because of that person’s rivalry, success, or advantages.
- 2. feeling resentment because of another’s success, advantage, etc.
- 3. characterized by or proceeding from suspicious fears or envious resentment.
- 4. inclined to or troubled by suspicions or fears of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims.
Yesterday I said jealousy has no place in God’s kingdom. The above definitions hold true of that!
However, Paul said he was jealous with a godly jealousy.
God said, “For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.” Ex 20:5
Therefore, there is a good jealousy not misdirected as in a physical rivalry, but directed in the spirit.
Further definitions of jealousy from Dictionary.com include:
- 1. solicitous or vigilant in maintaining or guarding something:
- 2. Bible. intolerant of unfaithfulness or rivalry.
Paul’s godly jealousy became vigilance in guarding the salvation and Biblical teaching of the Corinthian’s.
His full text says, “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted — you may well put up with it!” 2 Cor 11:2-4
His godly jealousy was for the Spiritual integrity of the church.
You, too, should be jealous for others – vigilant in maintaining and guarding their soul!