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How Does Jealousy Affect a Relationship?

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Jealousy and Love Jealousy isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it usually turns into one. As the wisest man in the world said, "Love is as strong as death, jealousy as unyielding as the grave; it burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame" (Song of Solomon 8:6). Jealousy is the natural counterpart of love; when you commit your love to one person, you want an exclusive commitment in return. Anything that threatens that commitment--whether it be another person, a hobby, a job or a circumstance--provokes jealousy. You want the attention of the person you love; when it is taken by another person, activity or thing, you are jealous FOR the one you love, and jealous OF whatever is claiming that person's attention. Some jealousy in a relationship is natural, normal and healthy. In fact, there would be something wrong if you didn't feel jealous when some pretty girl started flirting with your boyfriend or some know-it-all guy started showing off for your wife. Possessiveness is part of the ... more
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