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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Relentless Love

So . . .
Who else loves you
like this
With a jealous love,
a protective love
A love that wants the best for you
A love that knows the best for you
Because it's the same love
that created you
And knows what and whom
you were created for
And wants nothing to compete
with your love and affections

1 Kings 8:23 (MSG) says "O God, God of Israel, there is no God like you in the skies above or on the earth below who unswervingly keeps covenant with his servants and relentlessly loves them as they sincerely live in obedience to your way."

He (Solomon) goes on to say:

You kept your word

You did what You promised

The proof is before us today.

The thought of jealous love that our pastor asked about this morning had been stirring in my heart for a few weeks since I read that verse in 1 Kings. One of his names is the Jealous God. He says in Exodus 34:14 "Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." What thoughts does
jealous love produce in you, our pastor asked this morning. Because maybe your encounters with jealousy didn't leave a good impression. I'm think it's time to change that . . . think of the momma bear or lion who is jealous of her cubs because a jealous person is "solicitous or vigilant in maintaining or guarding something." Or think of a spouse loving with a jealous love because they are "intolerant of unfaithfulness or rivalry." I'd be worried if my husband's love WASN'T jealous!

Two things you NEED to figure out before you can begin to grasp this relentless love:

*Legitimacy - You belong to Him because He made you (Psalm 100); He is so much more than you can imagine, but you know Him by experiencing Him.
*Identity - Once you know who He is and that you are His, you can see who You
are in Him.

Trust the voice that says from Psalm 139:13 "For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb
."

2 comments:

amzmv4 said...

such encouraging stuff...
The jealous love of God is an all consuming fire!

Sandy said...

Wow - that sure is good stuff - something to contemplate. I am thankful that He is a jealous God and for that matter, a jealous husband too. Thank you for sharing!