Week 34 Day5
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 5: 31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except [l]sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.
I don’t suppose I’m an expert on marriage, but after many years of pastoral ministry I see that divorce is not the problem in the church. Marriage hastily entered into, relationships never given a chance to bloom, unrealistic models and expectations of what marriage is, poor, half-hearted engagement in pre-marital counseling, and focusing on the glitz of a wedding, rather than planning to build a strong family, these are the problems that never seem to be addressed until it is too late.
For forty seven years I have wondered what it is that has made my marriage work. Truth is, it has a lot more to do with an exceptional wife who is patient and forbearing and has followed me down many dark roads all the while being herself, and loving our children, not an easy task, by the way. I can only say that it is by the grace of God that we have survived good times and bad. We still affirm our love for one another each day. I can only conclude that by following Jesus the best we now how He has helped us to survive.
Now we are living in times when the prevailing attitude in society is that “marriage is an anachronism and antithetical to the human spirit”. This is a lie straight from the pit of hell. The “human spirit” so called is really code for human lust and an entirely profligate, self excusing license to do whatever your body tells you that you want to do.