TUESDAY January 23, 2018
Keep Your Marriage Vows
Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife. - 1 Corinthians 7:10-11
Paul, within the first half of his letter, began to deal with the problems of divorce in the church at Corinth. Paul wanted the believers to know what God had commanded, this was not a command from himself. He wanted to make sure they understood the sacredness of marriage.
In Genesis 2:18-25, we find the first ordination of marriage. The Lord saw the emptiness of man and He did not want him to be alone. He made a helper, a woman, right from Adam’s own body. Adam was not looking for a woman––God brought Eve to him! God put Adam and Eve together. Adam was content––fully and completely.
I believe with all my heart that people often take marriage too lightly. If couples have problems and they cannot get along that is not a good reason to file for a divorce. You will need to ask the Lord for strength to keep your marriage vows said before Him. God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). There are many couples who have been married a long time, but the only reason they have not divorced is because they believe in the declaration of God’s Word. Even though they have gone through great difficulties; they have remained obedient to God’s Word and they have always reconciled their differences.
Sadly, the rate of divorce today is out of control. The divorce rate in the United States is still about 53%, but sadly, the divorce rate in the Church is climbing. The teaching on marriage is getting more liberal. Those who teach in the Church must stay true to what is written in God’s Word.
It is not marriage that fails, it is people that fail.
~Harry Emerson Fosdick~
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