A Short Study of Song of Solomon 8:6
“Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.”
(Song of Solomon 8:6)
Jealousy of one person to another is the offspring of a proud and insecure heart of unbelief. There is no scriptural foundation for a child of God to be jealous of anyone or anything in this world. The believer knows that God has provided all he is and has, according to His own good pleasure and will, whether it be talents, abilities or possessions. Jealousy causes ill-will, greed, covetousness, a holier-than-thou attitude, and hurtful divisions. The jealous heart is in bondage to self-righteousness and spiritually impaired. If jealousy goes unchecked, it will consume the man. Jealousy is not a fruit of the Spirit and can never be the tenor of a believer’s life. Where there is jealousy, there is no humility, no repentance, no submission to God, no love for the brethren, and no worship of Christ.
But there is Godly jealousy, which every believer has. The child of God is jealous over Christ and His gospel. This jealousy is the same as DESIRE. This is not a selfish, fleshly passion. The child of God wants Christ and all that He is and has for for himself. He wants it for others as well. The believer is possessed and consumed with the gospel and the things of God, as the unbeliever is possessed and consumed with self and the things of the world.