Jealousy Knows No Bounds

12 May

God’s Word: Acts 17:1-9

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Jealousy is aroused when one fears losing something they possess. crucifixion Jealousy hung Jesus on the cross.  Many of His followers were arrested, jailed, abused and even killed, because of jealousy.  How so you ask?  For centuries My people had the Old Testament scriptures that taught of the coming of the Messiah.  They envisioned that this Messiah would come as a conquering hero and make them the world power.  They ignored the scriptures that told how the Messiah would come.

Jesus was born in lowly circumstances and grew to adulthood right in their midst, so they would not consider Him as the Messiah.  It is still that way today—people expect the expert to be riding on a white horse and hold everyone in awe!  But in his hometown—he is just a good old boy.  Once Jesus began teaching and healing, scores of Jewish people flocked to Him. The Jewish leaders refused to believe He could be the promised Messiah.  Where was the white horse, where was his conquering army to set the Jewish people free from Rome?

These religious leaders became furious because they saw their “congregation” turning to Jesus for answers.   Seeing those who normally sat at their feet and listened to them, turning away to Jesus aroused jealousy that knew no bounds.  All that mattered to them was power with the people and Jesus was drawing away their people.  Jealousy always creates division and hatred.  They went so far as to crucify Jesus as a false Messiah.  Even His resurrection was silenced as they paid bribes to the guards who witnessed it. Jesus’ dying words “Father forgive them” offered them what they really needed, My love that knows no bounds.

God’s Question: When was the last time you were jealous?

God’s Promise: Jesus death purchased your forgiveness.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Jesus, the awaited Messiah.

I am Sorry I have ever fallen into the jealousy trap.

Thank You for showing me Your love without bounds.

Please Help Me release Your love in my world.

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