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.2 Corinthians 11:2(NASB)
Godly jealousy is very different from the selfish jealousy that is so often displayed in the wrong attitudes and actions of the natural man. The yearning that Paul felt towards the Corinthian Church was that of a loving father towards his beloved virgin daughter, who was betrothed to be married and to one husband.. and whose dear desire and precious privilege was to maintain her purity until she is finally united as one.. with her husband.
Paul was jealous for the Corinthian Christians with a godly jealousy, having a deep desire for their spiritual well-being and growth.. their spiritual protection and provision - their spiritual maturity and their spiritual purity. Paul was the appointed apostle, who had been commissioned by God to take the gospel of grace to the gentile nations.
He had been the one who had taught that Christ died for their sins and rose again.. bringing this little body of believers to spiritual birth. But now he had a godly jealousy for their sanctification and purity so that he might present each of us to the Lord Jesus, as a chaste virgin, when we go to be with the Lord - at the rapture of the Church
This godly jealousy for the sanctification of all believers should be the dear desire in the hearts of all of us.. not only for ourselves, (that we grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus), but for every other member of the Church. We should desire Christ to sanctify us completely, having cleansed us all by the washing of water with the word - so that He might present us to Himself, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that we would be holy and blameless - in Him.
Heavenly Father, thank You for my justification in Christ and for His sanctifying life in me. I pray for the Church:- the whole Body of Christ ..that we may grow in godly wisdom and grace and become spiritually maturity in the faith and pure in thought, word and deed. May we all continue to be be conformed into the likeness of the Lord Jesus day by day.. without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, so that we may stand before You as a pure virgin on that glorious day when, we will know as we are known - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.