Wednesday, November 04, 2015

November 4, 2015:  My Jealous God

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 307  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of the Dave Crowder Band singing… How He Loves Us, … declaring how jealous is God’s love for those who’ve come to Him in repentance and love.

Highlight Passage:   2nd Corinthians 11: 1-2 [NKJV] …  
1 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. 2 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. 
 …  Being protective of our love for our Savior just as He is jealous in His love of us. 
Highlight Context – 2nd Corinthians 11: 1-4 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Oh, how we need to be jealous of our love for our Bridegroom just as our God is jealous and protective of His love for His foundlings.

Reference Passage #1 - Exodus 20:3-5, 34:14 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
…  We should strive to be jealous of our love for God because He is so jealous of His love for His children.

Reference Passage #2 - Deuteronomy 4:24, 5:9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
…  Again, … doing all we can to honor God’s jealous love for His own.

Reference Passage #3 - John 14: 21 [NKJV] … 
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 
… Our love should be guarded and shown through our obedience to His word.

Reference Passage #4 - Luke 9: 23 [NKJV] … 
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
… Jesus lays out His criteria for discipleship, which declares clearly just how protective we should be of our love by denying self and following the Savior.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Mart DeHaan, used an interesting illustration to teach about God’s jealousy for His children. He writes, In 2014 a University of California researcher used a stuffed dog to show that animals are capable of jealousy. Professor Christine Harris asked dog owners to show affection for a stuffed animal in the presence of their pet. She found that three-fourths of the dogs responded with apparent envy. Some tried to get attention with touch or a gentle nudge. Others tried to push between their owner and the toy. A few went so far as to snap at their stuffed rival. … In a dog, jealousy seems heartwarming. In people, it can lead to less admirable results. Yet, as Moses and Paul remind us [see Scriptures above], there is also another jealousy — one that beautifully reflects the heart of God. 

In human terms, “jealousy” is generally denoted to be a negative character quality. But God clearly states in the Old Testament that He is a “jealous” God, Who loves His children so much that He protects us with His love. A dog may reflexively try to protect his affection for his/her master [see attached photo]; but we, as God’s children, need to do all we can to jealously protect the closeness of our relationship with THE ONE Who has saved us, … our Lord, … King Jesus.

 And really Jesus, Himself, laid out the way we can do this, i.e., to protect and demonstrate our love for Him (see John 14:21); and that is by doing all we can to deny our selfishness and to follow Him as closely as we can (see Luke 9: 23). So, today, let’s establish or renew our vows to do all we can to jealously pursue a deeper, more abiding love relationship with our Savior.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, Jesus! … Thank You for Your jealous love; and help me to protect and show my love for You. … Amen  

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