Godly Jealousy

The spiritual original of the word jealousy, as used in the Bible with reference to God, needs to be recalled. That which is generally described as one of the worst qualities of the carnal mind is but a counterfeit of God's tender care for His creation. God is jealous for us. God demands our entire worship and love. He brooks no rival in our affections, for He is supreme and infinite, the one and only Father-Mother. When Moses was warned not to make a covenant of any kind with the Canaanites, he heard the words: "For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God."

In return for our whole-hearted adoration, obedience, and gratitude God cares for us and watches over His own. Interpreting the meaning of the name Japhet, Noah's son, Mrs. Eddy writes on page 589 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "A type of spiritual peace, flowing from the understanding that God is the divine Principle of all existence, and that man is His idea, the child of His care." Why should not Deity exercise this perpetual watch over His own creature, turning aside the arrow that would wound, the plague which would come nigh our dwelling, the sting of hate which pretends it can be the sting of death? There is no indifference in the divine Mind toward the idea which emanates from it. The reflection is dear to the light; the rays to the sun. God is not apathetic or neutral; He is ever active in showering blessings and benefits.

Among the Churches
July 13, 1918

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