James 4: thoughts… part 4

Read James 4

The message of adultery… idolatry… unfaithfulness to God… cuts deep… the things of this world… our own broken nature… draw us away from Him… not to…

Or do you think its without reason the Scripture says
that the Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously?
James 4:5

God’s jealousy… reveals itself in wrath… as the Scripture says…

You shall not bow down to them or worship them;
for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
punishing the children for the sin of the fathers
to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me
Exodus 20:5
For the Lord your God is a consuming fire,
a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:24
Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;
for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God
and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you
from the face of the land.
Deuteronomy 6:14-15
Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. 
He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. 
He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 
If you forsake the Lord and serve other gods, 
he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, 
after he has been good to you.”
Joshua 24:19-20
Judah did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger…
1Kings 14:22

But James knows the Word of hope…

But He gives greater grace.
James 4:6
Greater than the jealousy… the wrath… anger… that destroys… is His grace… that saves… redeems… restores… forgives…
Jesus… the source of greater grace… the One who on the cross bore the Father’s jealous anger in full… the cup poured out…
Unless we know the depth of the trouble and disgrace we are in… we do not appreciate the greater grace that has been poured out for us… by His blood…
Yes… as great and as awe-full as His jealous wrath… is His greater grace…
Lord Jesus… today… fill me with awe an wonder of Your jealous love… and enable me to live in the joy of Your greater grace…

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