The LORD, Whose Name is JEALOUS!

A Jealous Love!

Recently I was asked to lead a women’s bible study on John Chapter 2. I published the first half of the study in my hub Water to Wine: More Than a Miracle! The second half of this chapter takes a completely different turn. While the first half focused on the wedding feast, the second half deals with the jealousy of the Bridegroom!

John 2:13 PASSOVER in Jerusalem

This passage begins with the time of year; it was Passover. The reason for the Passover festival was to commemorate God’s protection and sanctification (setting apart) of His people when He sent the final plague to Egypt, forcing Pharaoh to set them free. Before God sent the angel of death to claim the lives of every first-born male, He directed His people to place the blood of a lamb on their doorposts so that the angel of death would pass over their households.

Every year since, the Jews came to the temple to sacrifice a lamb to “pass over” their sins from that year to the next. After the lamb was sacrificed, they would eat the lamb. The Passover meal is called the Seder, which is concluded with the wish, “Next year in Jerusalem”.

In my previous hub we reviewed Jesus’ purpose for coming to mankind. He was the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world! We saw that His death had an appointed time to take place at Passover. We read about the last supper (the Passover meal) at which time Jesus compared the bread and wine to his body and blood, instructing his disciples to “eat of His flesh and drink of His blood”, for He was the Passover Lamb of God.

John 2:14-17 Zeal for Thy House

Because Jesus was born a Jew and came to save them, He lived according to the Law and never sinned. Just like His people, Jesus made His way to the temple on Passover. However, when He got there, His heart became enraged!

“And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers seated.

“And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the moneychangers, and overturned their tables;

“And to those who were selling the doves He said, ‘Take these things away; stop making My Father’s House a house of merchandise!

“His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for Thy House will consume Me.”

Considering what we’ve read thus far and understanding Jesus’ purpose and Who He was, can we understand WHY He was so angry? Have you witnessed church organizations today that give as much, if not more, credence to the selling of merchandise as they do to preaching? Do you see preaching that is littered with the promotion of merchandise? Would Jesus respond in the same way today as He did back then? How do you respond?

"Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for Her."
"Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for Her."

John 2:17 His Name is Jealous!

The disciples remembered what was written in Ps 69:9, “Zeal for Thy House will consume Me.” ZEAL is the Greek word zelos meaning “to have warmth of feeling for or against, to be zealous or jealous”.

The book of Exodus (which means ‘a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment’) is all about the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. God not only sent Moses, then the plagues, but even parted the Red Sea for His people. He took care of them in the desert places, yet they turned back to idols in spite of it all! In Ex 34:14 we read, “-- for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”! This is WHY God gave Moses the 10 Commandments, the FIRST of which is “I AM (YHWH) the LORD (Yehovah) thy God (Elohiym); thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”

While Jesus partook of the joy of the wedding feast in the first part of John 2, we are now reading about the jealousy of our Lord. Did you know God is our Husband and He is jealous for us?

Jer 3:14 "Turn, O backsliding children, said the LORD; for I am married to you".

Jer 31:31-32 “'Behold, days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a Husband to them,' declares the LORD."

That time had come! The New Covenant was present! How His heart must have been broken to see His Bride polluting the House of God with merchandise and moneychangers! For Jesus had already made it clear in Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13 that “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (money).”

The Ten Virgins (Mat 25)
The Ten Virgins (Mat 25)

Righteous or Sinful?

Obviously, we can see that Jesus was angry (provoked, enraged). The root of His anger came from righteous jealousy (to earnestly desire). Jesus never sinned, so being angry was not a sin in this account.

There is a sinful form of anger and jealousy. When we are angered by others, we are not to sin in our anger, nor let the sun go down upon our wrath (Eph 4:26). If we are envious or covetous of something or someone that belongs to another, it is sinful.

Rom 12:19 tells us “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.”

Not only does the 10th Commandment tell us not to covet, 1 Cor 13:4 says that “love is not envious/jealous”. We are not to “desire earnestly” that which is not ours, nor give place to anger that results from that jealousy. Furthermore, we don’t sin by taking what does not belong to us!

However, God used jealousy for His glory in the case of the gospel being preached to the Gentiles. It was prophesied in De 12:21, “They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation."

The Apostle Paul said in Rom 11:11-14, “…But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous… I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.”

Paul had righteous jealousy as shown in 2 Cor 11:2 “For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one Husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.” Ah; we see the marriage referenced here once more!

John 2:18-22 The Temple belongs to the LORD

When Jesus tore through the temple, the Jews asked Him, “What sign do you show to us, seeing that You do these things?” The NIV states it this way: “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?"

“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I WILL RAISE IT UP.

“The Jews therefore said, ‘It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will YOU will raise it up in three days?’

“But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

“When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken.”

Not only was the resurrection of Christ a sign to the Jews, but indeed is the proof provided by God to all the world, that all men might believe.

John 12:2: “"And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself."

Acts 17:31 states, “He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."

While Jesus exhibited His zealous jealousy at the physical, literal temple we must understand that when we believe and receive Jesus Christ in our hearts we are betrothed to Him. We are saved, sanctified, cleansed and made a spotless virgin by the blood of the Lamb! He puts His Spirit within us and seals us as His Own until the Day of Redemption, when the marriage feast will take place! Just as the Spirit of God birthed Jesus into the world, that same Spirit now gives us new birth!

1 Cor 6:19 states, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”

John 2:23-25 The Heart of the Matter

“Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing.

“But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.”

Let’s take a look at Mat 10:17b-22

Jesus said, “…If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.

“he said to Him, ‘Which ones?’ And Jesus said, ‘You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Let’s observe something here for a moment. Did you notice Jesus didn’t mention the first commandment? I wonder, because He knew the heart of the man asking, if He did this for a reason ~ of course He did! Let’s continue:

“The young man said to Him, ‘All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?

“Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’

“But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieved; for he was one who owned much property.”

Hmmm. Do you think this was a test? Some believers/churches naively think this is yet another commandment ~ ‘sell everything you have and give it to the poor’. The truth of the matter is, Jesus was testing him as to the first commandment, confirmed in the fact we cannot serve two masters: God and money. Many people also misquote the scripture about money being evil. Money is not evil; it’s the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil (1 Tim 6:10).

Consider this as found in Mat 15:18-20: “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders [do you see the 10 commandments referenced here?]. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”

If you read my previous hub Water to Wine: More Than a Miracle!, the washing of hands was an ordinance Jews practiced daily. While this young man kept the Law outwardly, it didn’t mean he was inwardly righteous. Rom 2:29 confirms this: “But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.”

This is the point Jesus made when He said in Mat 5:27-28, “You have heard the commandment that says, 'You must not commit adultery.' but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

For more on this subject, I invite you to read my hub Will He Know You?

Does Your Heart Belong to Jesus?

Let’s read 1 Cor 6:15-19

“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? May it never be!

“Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a harlot is one body with her? For He says, ‘The two will become one flesh’.

But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

“Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.

“Or do you now know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

“For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

The Greek word for "immorality (fornication)" is "porneia", which means harlotry. So, if anyone engages in pornography, it’s the SAME THING. Furthermore, we can commit spiritual porneia as shown in Rev 14:8: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality (pornea).”

Considering Jesus taught us that circumcision is that of the heart, and the keeping of the commandments is also that of the heart, salvation is also that of the heart!

Acts 15:8-9 “And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction between us (Jews) and them (Gentiles), cleansing their hearts by FAITH.”

Truly, when we are filled with His Spirit we have the heart of Christ in us. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds...into His likeness. Indeed, when this is manifest we will share in His passion! AMEN.

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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

If you want to get a feel for why God would be jealous, imagine the agony that you would feel inside if you saw the person you love most in the world running around on you with a horrible person that you knew would ruin their life; and, that relationship would almost certainly result in a horrible death for your loved one! The way a lot of rejected lovers describe that of kind pain is that it "tears your heart out." Do you want to do that to God, the one who loves you more than any other being in the universe?


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi brother DiamondRN! AMEN! This is why we are not to be unequally yoked, first with God, then with our spouse! Even porn is such a big deal in the world today. Some think it's not wrong, whether they are dating or married. Truly, to even look upon a woman with lust is to commit pornea/adultery in the heart! Guilty as charged! May we be faithful as He is faithful! AMEN!


peacenhim 6 years ago

Great great message!! The way you prepare, study, and present God's Word is very concise, enlightening and speaks straight to the heart!! It is truly essential that we stand before the Lord with a clean heart as there is nothing hidden before God that He does not know or see. To ask the Lord to cleanse us of all unrighteousness and to forgive us for not following His Ways and Truths takes humility. We may not mean any harm to anyone else, but coveting is still a sin and it hurts Him, the One who we've given our hearts to, and are in Union with, the One who died for our sins. His IS A RIGHTEOUS JEALOUSY.....and thank God Jesus disciplines those He loves!! Amen!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Thank you for your encouragment and confirmation of the message, peacenhim! We can rest assured that all of us are sinners until we are delivered from this fleshly body (Rom 7:15-8:1). The flesh is weak, but the Spirit is willing, amen? When we are in Christ we are spotless before Him. While we can't conquer sin in and of ourselves, sin will no longer have dominion over us! We are washed in the blood of the Lamb! The marriage has been consummated by the shed blood of Christ! AMEN! We rejoice; we love Him and we want to honor Him, serve Him, boast of Him, please Him and love Him with all our hearts! Hallelujiah!


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Artin2010 6 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

Another exciting hub to read. Inspired, having the mind of Christ is worth all the effort. By faith, by faith, they who know Him must love Him. He loved us first! Glory and thanks be to God, Father, Son and Holiest Spirit! Thank you for bringing it again. Jesus is Lord!!!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

I'm so happy you were blessed by this hub, brother Artin2010! You are right ~ By faith, by faith! Our hearts are cleansed by faith whereby the blood of the Lamb covers us fully. We truly love Him, for we know no greater love than with our God Who gave His life to give us life eternal!


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Sanctus Vesania 6 years ago

A couple of summers back the church I go to had their annual 4th of July celebration. Needless to say the entire thing was nothing more but selling and buying items. Being there actually disappointed me, and I was happy about the chance to leave.

Concerning the rest of this hub. I've said it before, and I'll continue to say it; their is a strong link between marriage/sexuality/adultury and spirituality. When God's children messed around with the false gods, we should see why God became angry and jealous. His wife had left Him for a cheap replacement. It would be like a wife leaving her husband for a thrill seeking, womanizing, drunkard.

Ezekiel chapter 23 is probably the best place to look at the aspect of spiritual, since Ezekiel in no short words calls Samaria and Jerusalem a couple of whores.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hey Santus! LOL ~ you are right on!! Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your experience and Bible confirmation with us! That's why the story of the "Good Samaritan" is so incredible. The Jewish priest and Levite walked right by their beat-up and robbed Jewish brother, but the awful, sinful, Samaritan "dog" (Gentile) helped him! Praise God! He saves the worst of us! God bless you!


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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

So much wisdom, so much truth. Everytime that someone mentions pornea, I always say my testimony that I was held captive by it for so many years. I rationalized it that it was because my then wife had refused to be with me intimately. I said it wasn't hurting anyone. But Jesus wouldn't let me get away with that. First it was hurting, grieving the Spirit, sickening the Father, and a stab in the eye of the Bridegroom. Then it was hurting my wife, faithful to me or not, we were still married. I was in fact having all the sex my eye perceived and with all the people I saw on the screen. Lastly, all other sin is against others but I was sowing seeds of destruction of my own body. I am always so embarrassed to speak of these things but I push past that for others. We are all beings of flesh with desires and need to remind ourselves of such things on a daily basis. Thank you for a magnificent hub. Love you.


KellyEngaldo 6 years ago

This is a critical item for us to consider - very well stated - we need to have one relationship with our spouse and one relationship with our Lord. Wonderful article!

DiamondRn puts it in perspective - our Lord is jealous - I like his analogy.

Loving God before all other items of worship is often hard - it is our hourly challenge.

Congratulations on a wonderful article - great title, great research. You will touch many souls.

God Bless You and Your Family!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi brother Bob! Wow, thank you for opening up to help edify those who struggle with pornography. It seems to be a stronghold or addiction to those bound to it. Only God's Word can reveal the truth, and then because we desire to please God ~ if we are truly saved, we will earnestly desire to repent!! I know I share about my shame of the past when it will be glory to the Lord, for He set me free from many things, brother! I praise God He set you free, too! Be blessed! Thank you for sharing!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Kelly, AMEN! I re-read DiamondRN's comment, and when we consider our heart is torn out by just the actions of one or two people, God's "heart" is bigger and has to suffer the pain of entire nations commiting spiritual pornea! It's no wonder He came to die for us ~ to give us HOPE of restoration, not only to each other, but to Him!! There is no greater love! I thank God He is our Husband, for He is so faithful and devoted to His children. He watches over us, protects us, provides for us, is available at any moment of every day for as long as we desire, and so much more! May we keep on growing more in love with our Lord.

I once saw an picture drawing of a triangle. The husband was on one lower corner, the wife at the other lower corner. As each moves closer to the tip of the triangle (the Lord), they grow closer to each other. He truly must be the head of every household, the head of every heart. When we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (which only comes through Christ), all these things will be added unto us. His Word is TRUE. God bless you!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Judah's Daughter, Wonderful concise spiritfilled "Message" As HIS children we belong to the Lord! I think when this is truly embraced one can embrace the "security and significance" that only He can offer! You have a sense of confidence not in self! But in the TRUTH of who you are in HIM! You also realize that there is much spiritual warfare launched against you.... However in HIM we are more than conquerors!

As you stated: "While Jesus exhibited His zealous jealousy at the physical, literal temple we must understand that when we believe and receive Jesus Christ in our hearts we are betrothed to Him. We are saved, sanctified, cleansed and made a spotless virgin by the blood of the Lamb! He puts His Spirit within us and seals us as His Own until the Day of Redemption, when the marriage feast will take place! Just as the Spirit of God birthed Jesus into the world, that same Spirit now gives us new birth!

1 Cor 6:19 states, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”

Thank you my sister for sharing these inspiring "Message" from the Lord. May you continue to be STRONG in Him! In His Love & Blessings!


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bdavis 6 years ago

Another timely hub. This sin is so woven into the fabric of our society today that the only way to avoid it is to close your eyes. I say this realizing how pervasive and nearly impossible it is to do, and yet when the evening news is so full of the violent sex crimes and the predators it produces. How can we continue to miss the signs? It's not as if all this came from nowhere. To which I can only say that I SO look forward to the day when we are completely delivered from the very presense of sin, our final deliverance. If this hub were to have done nothing other than to reaffirm my commitment to Jesus it will have done me a huge service. I am sure though it has gone much farther than this. And will touch countless lives in the process. May God continue to bless you with His word as you faithfully minister it to those who will read it.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Sister DeBorrah ~ I KNOW the warfare launched against me to some degree, but not fully ~ praise God! It is ongoing, for sure! It is a difficult thing to experience attack, yet I stay safe in the arms of my Husband, amen! A Bride can have confidence that if our Husband be for us and we for Him, who can come against us? We are His temple, and as with Peter's confession of faith, Jesus said, "The gates of HELL will NOT prevail against it!" Hallelujiah to the Lamb!!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

bdavis, Oh, how I know where you're coming from! Sexual sin is so rampant and countless abortions prove how bad it is out there! I am thankful we don't see what God sees. His Day of wrath will come at the appointed time, and we just hope to touch the lives of those enslaved to sexual sin in time! Our Lord loves us and has paid the price to make us spotless in His sight! What a vast gift of LOVE! As much as He loves us, He wants us to love. The two commandments are to love Him first, then to love others. Engaging in pornea, let alone other forms of idolatry, takes the love for others out and replaces it with the love of self. I pray all who read will be touched in a very special way by His Spirit unto His glory, in Jesus' Name, amen!


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

Judah's daughter,

Truly our God is a jealous God. We know how we feel when faced with infidelities and adulteries, yet God loves so much more than we can even fathom, there is no greater love.

Well developed and presented.

God Bless


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

godpreacher, AMEN. And God is gracious toward us, that when we repent of such things He forgives and FORGETS. That's not always the case with His children in such circumstances. Some immediately get a divorce; others separate for a time to become reconciled in His grace and love. God is able to restore relationships!!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

What an edifying hub! Well organized, thought-out and presented.

You brought out many excellent points Judah's Daughter. Suffice it to say, it has been affirming and spiritually edifying for me, and I trust, to others as well. Thank you.

May we all claiming to love God show it in our loyal devotion to Him and Him only.

Forever His,


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

RevLady ~ I know this truth brings so much comfort to me, as I am single in the earthly sense, but have seen God not only intervene as a Husband to me, but a Father to my daughter! It's such a beautiful love relationship ~ and the more we read His Word, we see every attribute of a Husband and Father fulfilled even more than we can imagine in our own minds, by our Lord Who is FAITHFUL and TRUE (Rev 19:11). Thank you, Jesus! Be blessed this day, RevLady! Thank you for reading and commenting :-)


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Tammy Bruner 6 years ago

God is a jealous God who wants to be your closest friend. He wants the intimacy of all your darkest secrets, your worst fears and what brings you the most joy. He wants you to tell him with your mouth what is in your heart, even though he already knows, but that is what will bring about the intimacy with us that he desires. True freedom is what Jesus brings. Imagine unloading all your troubles, fears, sins, joys to someone who loves you so much that it is forgiven never to be remembered. Wow!!!! Now integrate that into our lives and marriages would be stronger, and childhoods would be happier, basically all of our relationships would prosper.

He may be a jealous God, but he is so much more an Awesome God!!!!!

Reading your hubs makes me think and read and I learn so much from the Word that it almost scares me. :)

If we just fashion our lives after God we live a very fulfilling, joy filled life!!!

Thanks so much for your blessing and may God continue to annoint you in your work of helping us discover the truth!


"Quill" 6 years ago

Beautiful as always...well done Sister, yet another which is bookmarked and one well worth the reference...

Many Blessings


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Sister Tammy ~ WOW and Hallelujiah! I praise God for you, your edifying words and inspiration of the Holy Ghost! It brings my heart so much joy to see the saints partake and grow closer to Him and each other! You are a blessing! Continue to be blessed in His Name!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Brother Quill, I so appreciate you! I'm thankful you may share this hub with others, lifting them up wherever they are in their relationship with our Lord and each other. May our Lord be praised! Bless you, brother!


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Girl you really know how to break it down. We must search our heart and pull down every idol in our hearts and lives. Well done!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Praise God, sister 2besure ~ there is no greater love than what we have in our Lord and shown to all the people in our lives. Let nothing separate us from the love of God!! His love is faithful and ours must be, too!! Blessings to you!!


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betherann 6 years ago from Montana

Very well thought-out and written. Thank you!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Thank you, betherann! I'm so glad you came by to read and were blessed. You are a blessing; I appreciate your encouragement.

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