Friday, April 23, 2010

James 4:5

Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
(NIV)
Unlike chapter 3 of James, which talks about human jealousy, this is divine jealousy.

The Spirit, rightly so, and rightly for our own good, is jealous over us. To be a person of one heart and one mind with the Spirit is what the Spirit desires. The best thing for us would be that sort of devotion.

I long for that with my own wife, not simply because I don't want to share her, but also because I truly believe in marriage! A devoted marriage is better and more fulfilling than any extramarital affair could ever be. So I envy intensely for my wife for both of our goods. The same is true of the Spirit.

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