In all humility, but with fiery boldness, God makes no bones about declaring His jealousy for us! For He says, “..I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me” – Deuteronomy 5:9
Isn’t jealousy a vice,
then why does God possess it and in fact boldly declare it?
analysis of this so called vice, leads us to the book of Zechariah 8:2 “‘I am extremely jealous on Zion’s behalf, and I am
jealous for her with great fury.”
His jealousy is on behalf of us: God does not experience deprivation
of self value, even if all mankind were to disown Him. However because He is
perfect, He takes it upon Himself to undergo this jealousy on our behalf (which
we do not feel), because of our lack of illuminated vision. Resultantly, we
fail to realize that bereft of Him, we will be lost in deep pain and yearning
for Him with sorrow, which, likewise deeply pains Him. In fact every kind of
pain we have felt (apart from Christian persecutions), translates to an area of
our lives, where we have disowned God (or His love) and have not realized it.
After all, what is hell? A place of chaos and torture, only because at its
core, the presence of God and all that goes with Him i.e. perfection and
harmonious sanctity, are completely absent.
On the other hand, being completely
fused with Him, will bring us happiness that is beyond our expectations, which
the world cannot take away – no matter how much they try!
Commitment and responsibility: When God brazenly declares that we are
fully able to provoke His jealousy, these words are not sweet nothings, meant
to thrill our ears or ego. No, they are like vows, showing an indissoluble covenantal
love, which should awaken us to straighten up and reciprocate this love, in the
His perfect, holistic love, yields a jealousy
which is truly an expression of His flawless way of taking complete
responsibility of us. To the point that, He demands that this bonding with Him,
is not from the age of reason, but as in ancient Israel, all first born males had
to be dedicated to God and all male children were be circumcised, this showed
the entire family lineage’s dedication to a fiercely protective God. Today too,
within forty days of birth, infants have to be baptized to enter into a covenantal
bond with Him. It is for our wellbeing, He seeks to reside in us, even before
we can understand all this, since He is fiercely committed to protecting us.
Though He thirsts for us to experience
the joy of knowing His complete love, yet, He is extremely gentle and patient.
In comparison, nobody else can give us, umpteen chances (even over and above 70
times, seven), in order that we turn back from our unfaithful ways.
Excerpt from the Diary of St. Faustina: Notebook
I was sent for treatment to our house in Plock,
and there I had the privilege of decorating the chapel with flowers. That was
at Biala. Sister Thecla did not always have time for this, so I often decorated
the chapel by myself. One day, I had picked the prettiest roses to decorate the
room of a certain person. When I was approaching the porch, I saw Jesus
standing there. In a kindly way He asked me, My daughter, to whom are you
taking these flowers? My silence was my reply to the Lord, because I recognized
immediately that I had a very subtle attachment to this person, which I had not
noticed before. Suddenly Jesus disappeared. At the same moment I threw the
flowers on the ground and went before the Blessed Sacrament, my heart filled
with gratitude for the grace of knowing myself.
Why is God jealous on
The Pain of separation:
hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.
-St. Augustine of Hippo
While we as children cannot understand,
that since God is the only being who can reside in our soul, every unfaithful
move of ours increases the gap between Him and us. This distance, which may not
directly affect the flesh, will affect us, at our very core, causes deep restlessness
to the point of pain and later physical damage. Though the soul is invisible
and silent, it is superior and it must first be satisfied over the body, which needs
to serve the soul, before serving itself.
An example of how the gap affects us,
is taken from the life of Cain and Abel:
it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the
LORD. – Genesis 4:3-4.
Ironically, it was Cain (not Abel) who
initially had the idea and went ahead to offer a gift to God and soon after, his
younger brother followed. Why then did Cain bother making this offering?
Maybe out of a sense of forced duty,
to get things from God but not to express love. On the other hand, Abel adored
God and viewed Him as sacred and a tender hearted Father, so his offering
equaled to the same, that is, the best offering of a lamb. Resultantly, God delighted
over Abel’s offering, which enraged Cain and furthermore God did not even
accept Cain’s offering.
Cain welcomed selfishness and so the spirit
of selfishness, worked quickly to cut and make the first tiny tear between Cain’s
soul and God’s spirit. This made him disregard God as sacred and unworthy of
his love. What he did not realize is that He was living solely because the breath
of God was fused into his inner core.
Now selfishness, produced unfaithfulness,
as he made a poor offering and God’s displeasure, increased the gap. All this created
a restlessness but Cain did not understand that this “cancerous” tug of war,
was all happening within his own being, making him miserable and it was not
because of Abel.
Since God knew this and with Cain’s
growing restlessness, giving way to rage, He warned Cain. Not firstly about the
anger he had towards Abel, but that he did not love nor regard God with child
Cain would not give heed to listen and
ponder, as he was so dejected with his ego ruptured, that he targeted Abel and murdered
Thereafter Cain’s soul was disconnected
from the empowering love of God, and because he lacked power his flesh became
sick (in a way). It was now accursed and no longer would his farming produce
anything, but he lived as a wanderer and even had to leave his home and
An example illustrating why God feels
this exceeding jealousy, is based on the love of a greatly devoted mother of a toddler.
Now she is most likely, going to be roused with jealousy, if her toddler related
a lot to another lady as a mother (and not just an aunt or guardian). A child
mistaking and preferring another lady to its own mother, will cause fears to
set in the mother. The reason is that the child is choosing an inferior (lesser
love) which is not good for its own wellbeing (even if the mother makes a few
unintentional mistakes). The mother has the best interest at heart for the
child and knows that no other love, is the purest form, for her delicate toddler.
This love ignites a fierce desire to protect her baby and a self sacrificing desire
to do everything to elevate the child, to its highest potential (for its bright
When separation is succeeded by a diabolic replacement that causes further damage:
So what is the best for us?
In summary, it is the first
commandment, “I am
the Lord your God, “…You shall have no other gods before me.”
Since God alone is our Father, He is enough
for us (in fact, some saints practically lived on God alone, as they only
consumed the Eucharist and not even a morsel of food).
However when we indulge in too much of
a good thing (like family, occupation, etc) or show faithfulness to our
passions, our soul is forced to bow and make room for these, gods and worship
Since no part of us, except the soul
is the dedicated residence of God, our unfaithfulness does two things:
Widens the gap between the soul and
Worse yet, it pushes aside God’s
spirit and goes on to accommodate our
idol, the third party to fill the gap. Only two beings were meant to be
intertwined with each other – your soul and God’s spirit. Unknowingly, calling
upon the third being, the diabolic spirit of other passions which is against
the nature of God (and our nature too, as we are made in His image), brings the
soul to experience desolation, panic and finally sickness.
The harmony between God and us, is
similar to that of the body’s organs and blood. In happily living with each
other, the body tends to become strong, productive and happy – since they are
all of one stalk.
The moment a foreign substance (virus or
bacteria) begins to infiltrate, it threatens our wellbeing and the harmonious
marriage of the love between the red blood cells and organs.
In response, how has God trained the
body to act?
Destroy the destroyer and protect the
body from further break down. Who is the destroyer? That seemingly “jealous and
lonely” foreign body (the wicked one who envies the love God has for us and the
marriage between His spirit and our soul).
If our bodies are automated to respond
wisely (in our best interest), our mind must adapt in the same way for our best
interest, towards “foreign” passions.
Allowing His Jealous
love, to totally consume us
As we draw towards or long more for our
creator, our soul seeks to be fiercely entwined with God, so that we enjoy this
dynamic presence of the Master of masters.
Certain gaps of unfaithfulness, as
little as a “spiritual micrometer” (sins, even forgotten ones of the past that
we may no longer indulge in, but forgot to repent of) now come to light,
through the Holy Spirit and become too painful not to renounce.
This is similar to St. Peter (after
the resurrection) being made to declare three times to Jesus that He loved him,
so that He feels a reconnection with God.
With our sudden deep interior desire
for the need to fuse more with Jesus, we realize our greater gain would be to
allow no more room for these gaps, but give even that micrometer of “space”,
for the complete happy occupancy of our beloved Master, who enjoys being with
is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of
knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider
them garbage, that I may gain Christ” – Philippians 3:8
Besides the love of God bringing us to
completely renounce and dislike the sins of the past, we will now feel less
tolerant to any forthcoming distance between God and us. To such a point, that
God Himself, will allow us to feel the weight of this venial sin, so heavy,
that we will immediately turn back to Him, with joyful repentance.
Leaving sin behind, more and more, and
walking towards the light, does not come because of complying with the law or
because we fear God demands it, but it comes from the fusion we seek with God
and the great respect we now have for Him and fully believe all His laws are to
benefit us. Thus in His perfect wisdom, He did not create us to stick close to
Him out of fright (though that is the last resort He may use).
Theologians often say, if you are
greatly chosen by the Lord, you may often find yourself being corrected by Him.
While you may hate it, because of the pain, it is due to His mercy for you that
He permits this.
If however, a soul continues to sin
without going checked (which means he escapes punishment), he should be worried
because God, does not seem to shake up that soul, causing him to repent – for
the sake of his own salvation.
While one human may punish another for
sinning against them, on the contrary, God’s love will allow the soul to
undergo consequences, because He wants the soul to stop harming itself.
His love closed-in on us, when He
visibly declared it by hanging naked on the cross, humiliated, under hours of
agony and torture, stretching out his two arms, crying for our love, for us to
return back to His embrace.
Jesus – “The Hound of
After the English poet Francis
Thompson, experienced this sweet jealous love of the Lord, he penned this
experience in a famous poem, where he calls Jesus the “The Hound of Heaven”
This Christian poem has
been described as follows:
“The name is strange.
It startles one at first. It is so bold, so new, so fearless. It does not
attract, rather the reverse. But when one reads the poem this strangeness
disappears. The meaning is understood. As the hound follows the hare, never
ceasing in its running, ever drawing nearer in the chase, with unhurrying
and unperturbed pace, so does God follow the fleeing soul by His Divine
grace. And though in sin or in human love, away from God it seeks to hide
itself, Divine grace follows after, unwearyingly follows ever after, till
the soul feels its pressure forcing it to turn to Him alone in that never
ending pursuit.” J.F.X. O’Conor, S.J.