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God Is Jealous for Our Love

I regret my selfishness back when I first became a Christian. But I was extremely self‐centered back then—and, sadly, for many years following. I had no clue as to how much it would have pleased God to put a priority on our relationship. But I was more interested in what He could do for me than I was in Him.
If you can ever get a revelation of just how much you have valued your relationship with God for what He can do for you, rather than for who He is … well … it will break your heart. And strangely—but also gloriously—after your heart is broken He will begin to reveal Himself to you in a way that will make “the things of earth grow strangely dim,” as Helen Lemuel said in her hymn, “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus.”
Do you want to know why you (and me) seem to be compelled to dig and scratch and claw to get what you want (and often at the expense of those around you)? Did you ever consider the possibility that God is jealous for your love?
“What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don't they come from the cravings that are at war within you? You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.” (James 4:1–2a HCSB)
Does this not explain just about every evil in the world today? What is the source of all the wars among people—whether between people in the same household or people in different nations? We fight because we want what we think we can get only by taking from somebody else.
We demand that our spouses give us respect, or love, or

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