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Why does God speaks of being Jealous?  Can it be sinful? or correction, it could never be sinful?

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i am asking this to our members, because of the many times i have seen this happen to other people and it has happened to me, so hopefully, you could share your thoughts and give your comments on this dreadful word jealously. But to some people, being jealous is good, could you tell me how jealously be good and not sinful.  And if you feel its, sinful, please help me to understand this word----------jealously, what does sister white says about it.

Jealousy can never be a good thing. Jealousy, if it is not already, is the root of covetousness and can lead to other such sins as murder, stealing, adultery, etc. 


"David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war." But when Saul and David were returning from the slaughter of the Philistines, "the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music." One company sang, "Saul hath slain his thousands," while another company took up the strain and responded, "And David his ten thousands." The demon of jealousy entered the heart of the king. He was angry because David was exalted above himself in the song of the women of Israel. In place of controlling these envious feelings, and manifesting a noble spirit, he displayed the great weakness of his character, and exclaimed, "They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands; and what can he have more but the kingdom?" {ST, August 17, 1888 par. 2}


And again...


 Notwithstanding the lessons which Saul had had from the prophet Samuel, instructing him that God would accomplish whatsoever he chose, and that no one could hinder it; yet the king made it evident that he had no true knowledge of the plans or power of God. He showed that he had no true repentance for his course of rebellion and disobedience. He opened his heart to the spirit of envy and jealousy by which his soul was poisoned. He loved to hear David play upon his harp, and the evil spirit seemed to be charmed away for the time being; but one day when the youth was ministering before him, and bringing sweet music from his instrument, accompanying his voice as he sang the praises of God, Saul suddenly threw the spear which he held in his hand at the musician, for the purpose of putting an end to his life. David was preserved by the interposition of God, and he fled without injury from the rage of the maddened king. {ST, August 17, 1888 par. 4}


God is proud of our "godly" jealousy though.


Moses did not sin in breaking the tablets of stone in his anger because he was jealous for God. The Lord had done all that He did in freeing the Israelites from Egyptian bondage yet they still rebelled against Him. This angered Moses for the sake of God an in his "godly" anger he broke the Ten Commandments but did not sin.

This person needs to read their comment over and see the contradiction! "Jealousy can never be a good thing"! God is proud of our, "godly" jealousy though! This means that there is bad jealousy and good jealousy, so how is it that jealousy can never be a good thing!? Zech.8:2 God gets jealous for the righteous, so there is an application of good jealousy. I would comment more but time is up, wife wants to shop and it's a good thing for me to go with her so my carnal nature doesn't cause me to get jealous because she is away from me hehehe, that can be both bad and good jealousy! For one, it shows I love her, on the other hand, it can show I don't trust her! I could have either emotions, neither affect my salvation! Blessings! 



Carnal jealousy......jealousy pertaining to issues which will arouse our carnal natures. Is that a better way of saying it? I would have hoped that what I said would have been understood. Yes there are two kinds. I implied that in my post. Sorrow and godly sorrow are also two different things. Sorrow in the case of Esau was sorrow from selfishness. Sorrow from the loss of a loved one is natural. Godly sorrow leads to repentance. I will just have to be more careful in my wording I see. I apologize for sending the wrong impression.


God bless.

I think "jealousy" is quite often confused with "envy".


Could someone describe the difference between a jealous husband, and an envious one?

Well... thanks to trust worthy yet oh so untrustworthy Wikipedia I have the following which might be of assistance.


Jealousy is an emotion felt toward people and relationships. Envy is a negative emotion felt due to self-comparison of possessions. In simpler terms, envy is the wish to get what one does not have. “Envy is often confused with jealousy, or the reaction of an individual who fears that his or her relationship, property, skills, etc., are being compromised or interfered with by an outside source.


"Envy" and "jealousy" are often used interchangeably, but in correct usage they stand for two different distinct emotions. In proper usage, jealousy is the fear of losing something that one possesses to another person (a loved one in the prototypical form), while envy is the pain or frustration caused by another person having something that one does not have oneself.


Thanks for the thoughts. I share the view that jealousy is NOT the emotion that says, "I want what that person has." That kind of coveting is envy.


A jealous husband refuses to share the attentions of his wife with any other man.

An envious husband sees another man's marriage and feels that he want a marriage just like that.


Jealousy is such a significant part of God's character, that He takes "Jealous" to be a name for Himself.

He does not want to share His people with the gods of the heathen... and this is what makes Him Jealous.

But of course it is only because He knows the results of going after "strange gods". He effectively calls out, "Don't go there! You will destroy yourselves. I want to keep you to Myself..."


" shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: 
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God."

(Exodus 34:13-14)



I like your reply/comments, thank you..
I love your thought provoking questions and comments.

I don't think ANY feelings are BAD. yes that is what I meant, even negative feelings. I see them as given to us by the Creator as a Red Flag. It is what we DO with the feeling that can become sinful or productive.
 the dictionary  jealosy defines as jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.
I think jealousy can either be viewed as a human emotion or it could be viewed as a demonic spirit inhabiting a human host.
At any rate DISRESPECT rules..


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