I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ2 Cor. 11:2-3

I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me. Song of Songs 7:10

Dear Lord Jesus, this Scripture takes my heart to some very important places this morning. First of all, I know that nothing good has ever come from my being jealous. But, on the other hand, nothing but good arises from your jealousy for us—your intensely committed love, your determination “to have and to hold” your bride for yourself, and to enjoy her forever.

What could be a greater compliment to any of us than to know that you are jealous for us— jealous for me—jealous and zealous for the affection of our hearts, the pleasure of our company, the intimacy of our communion? I believe this, Lord Jesus. I want to believe it more. Heal and free me from my unbelief.

That you really want us, desire us, and enjoy us is almost too much to take in. That you are actually saying today in the gospel, in this very moment, “Come away, my beloved . . . my desire is for you, my banner over you is love . . .” seems impossible and, tragically, at times not enough.

I can certainly understand why Paul was so concerned about the heart drift of the Corinthian believers. For surely Satan is always seeking to lead us away from the simplicity and purity of devotion to you, Lord Jesus—for you are our great lover and Lord. When he distracts, deceives, and draws me away from the wonders of your love, everything else is affected.

I begin to look to people, “stuff,” and circumstances more than I look to you for life, satisfaction, joy, and a genuine sense of completion. Oh, foolish man that I am. Oh, how I long for the day of no more illusions or delusions, no more deceived thinking or divided heart, no more ungodly jealousy or ungodly anything. Hasten that Day, Lord Jesus; hasten that glad and glorious Day.

But in this day, may the gospel free me to live and to love as yours—delightfully yours, belovedly yours, expectantly yours. So very Amen I pray, in your holy and loving name. Amen.

 

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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