Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- September 13, 2011
“What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” Mark 10:9
Divorce is not an option for committed followers of Christ—it is omitted from their vocabulary. Yes, human frailty wants an out. It doesn’t want to be uncomfortable or inconvenienced, but marital challenges are God’s process of purging. Relational reconciliation within the bonds of marriage is a proving ground for all other relationships.
Marriage mandates focused fidelity and faith in God—for it is not a relationship of convenience, rather one of conviction. We cannot give up on our spouse, except in the case of adultery. But, even in unfaithfulness, their repentance and our forgiveness can heal the severance of trust and intimacy. Indeed, whatever God does is not to be taken lightly, for the Lord is in the marriage-making business. He joins a man and a woman together, as a mirror of our relationship with Him—final and forever.
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12).
Furthermore, there is no need to run and hide when you let down your spouse. When the bubble of marital bliss bursts: be kind, patient and forgiving. It starts by allowing Christ to cleanse your heart, because left on its own the heart becomes selfish, proud, immature and demanding (Matthew 15:19-20). Jesus came into your life so you could be a servant to all, especially your spouse. He gives you peace, so you can be a peacemaker at home.
Thus, be a justice of the peace under the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ-centered marriages create peace and quiet, so submit to the Lord together and experience Him who produces a peace that passes all understanding. God’s marriage design overcomes divorce’s destruction by creating environments of encouragement and care.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Children feel the safest in a family where divorce is not an option. The Lord hates divorce, because He knows it results in disappointment and disillusionment. Therefore, see your marriage sealed by the Holy Spirit, never to be separated by man, so be hopeful by persevering. You were joined together in marriage by Jesus, and for Jesus, not to be destroyed by man’s decree of divorce. A lifetime of commitment is Christ’s choice.
“Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the LORD Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful” (Malachi 2:15-16).
How can I serve, love and forgive my spouse and not threaten them with divorce?
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