Sunday, August 21, 2016
"On Fire": (VIDEO) If You Can't Say 'Forever' and Meant It...DON'T DO IT!
"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."---I Corinthians 7:10-11(NKJV)
I'm always amazed...
How so many pastors will preach about things like not drinking alcohol as a sign of being "saved" (the Word doesn't say not to drink; it says not to be drunk--Ephesians 5:18, Revelation 21:8, I Timothy 5:23, Ecclesiastes 9:7, Proverbs 3:10, Proverbs 31:6, etc.) and then will turn around and marry divorced people (whose spouses are still alive) to other people, when the Word clearly says not to. The Word says that teachers are held to a higher form of judgment (James 3:1). I continue to pray more will become convicted in this area.
If you know a pastor who cosigns on this kind of behavior, Galatians 6:6(NCV) says "Anyone who is learning the teaching of God should share all the good things he has with his teacher." *No teacher is above learning more, even pastors*. Feel free to forward this along. A church here in Nashville? They had CHURCH on the Sabbath day yesterday!
It is a live-and-in-living-color example of this part of Ephesians 5:
"As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, that He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things [that she might be holy and faultless]. Even so husbands should love their wives as [being in a sense] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members (parts) of His body. For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."---Ephesians 5:24-31(AMPC)
*So many people in Christ's day and even now had/have a hard time receiving Christ's gift of salvation. You can read Luke 23:37 to see an example of this very fact when Christ was being jeered and teased *while he was sacrificing his life for souls*!
This is just one example that *nowhere in the Word* are we told that love is easy. The I Corinthians 13 definition of love begins with LONGSUFFERING (I Corinthians 13:4). That means "enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently" and "long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation".
THIS IS LOVE...
AND IF YOU CAN'T SAY THAT YOU ARE COMMITTED TO THIS FOREVER...
DON'T GET MARRIED!
What's so beautiful about this video is it's such a depiction of how Christ loves the Church...how husbands are to love their wives...how spouses are to love one another, *period*.
No one is perfect. Deeper than that, a lot of people are not aware of all of what the Word says concerning marriage, divorce and remarriage. I so dig what one author said about marriage/marriage vows:
If anything but death is an option for ending a marriage, then don’t say “until death” in your wedding vows. Tell the truth. Promise what is meant. Say something like “until adultery, abandonment, or abuse.” Say what you mean. God never lies (Titus 1:2) and delights in truth-telling and oath-keeping.
Whether speaking of marriage or any other subject, it comes as no surprise that God expects people to say what they mean. The immediate context of Jesus’s teaching about adultery includes his clarification that going back on your word (marital vow) is evil. Matthew 5:37: “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” In other words, if you say “until death,” you should mean “until death.”---"Until Death Do Us Part---For Real"
Yes. And amen.
A lot of us want to be married and *praise God* that his infinite understanding (Psalm 147:5) says "Child, you don't quite get what I expect of you and I expect of the man who is MY WILL for you." NO RELATIONSHIP IS WORTH PUTTING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IN JEOPARDY. Don't let let this world over-influence you (Romans 12:2, James 4:4). God has strict standards for marriage (Malachi 2:14), and how to conduct oneself if you end your marriage. God does not change (Malachi 3:6).
Watch this. Pray for a man who has a heart for God as this man does. Do research on what adultery *actually is* (it's not sexual infidelity; it's getting married after you've been divorced--Romans 7:2-3, Matthew 19:1-12) and ask God to (continue to) mature your character to a point and place where if you're not disciplined enough (Matthew 19:11-12--Message) to say forever, you're content (Hebrews 13:5) remaining single.
And if you do get married someday and you or yours does end your marriage...
You'll do what the Lord himself instructed.
You'll remain unmarried or reconcile with your spouse...
No matter how long it takes to make that happen. Even if it's unto death!
If you can't sign up for that...
DON'T DO IT!
(Scroll up to 41:00 and let it rip!)