GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

DIVORCE is NOT an OPTION for a CHILD of GOD

DIVORCE is NOT an OPTION for a CHILD of GOD

November 22 Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians Chapters 7-9

"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 Cor. 7:10-11)

In the above passage, Apostle Paul issues a critical statement on the issues of divorce and remarriage among Christian believers as he quotes a command given by Jesus Christ when He was on earth (see Matthew 5:32; 19:3–9; Mark 10:2–12; Luke 16:18). When Christ was on earth, He told us not to divorce a spouse. Instead of divorce, Paul uses the word translated depart, which refers to wives leaving their husbands. The idea is the same: a believing husband and wife should not leave each other. At the unfortunate event if a couple divorced, they were to remain unmarried all through their life!

We can observe from the earlier verses that Apostle Paul’s advice to the unmarried is given as optional; his advice to the married is given as a command. Paul’s command here is in opposition to Greek and Roman law which permitted a woman to divorce her husband, but there is no doubt that the apostle has in mind the explicit instructions of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus had forbidden divorce except on the ground of unfaithfulness (Matt. 5:32; 19:9). The overall instruction that Paul gives is that a wife should not to depart from her husband under any circumstance!

However, Paul recognizes that there are extreme cases where it might be necessary for a wife to leave her husband. In such a case, she is obligated to remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband. Separation does not break the marriage tie; rather it gives opportunity for God to heal the differences that have come between and to restore both partners to have fellowship with Him and with one another. On the other hand, the husband is commanded not to divorce his wife, and there is no exception made in his case. Paul wanted to reinforce the main teaching of Christ on this subject: Christian married couples should not dissolve their marriages for any reason whatsoever!

Why is divorce not an option for a married child of God? The straight forward answer is that it is difficult for a Christian husband and wife to provide a model of reconciliation to the world if they cannot be reconciled with each other. As God’s children, we should follow God’s original creation design and never sever the oneness of our marriage bond. As a Christian couple, we are to bear witness to the world by keeping our marriage indissoluble as they represent the truth of covenant love that should live and grow in a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Finally, Christian spouses can have a wonderful ministry to each other as they grow in the Lord and their love each other. As Paul addresses this subject in another scripture passage, our earthly marriage is actually revealing the mystery of the intimate relationship of Jesus Christ and His bride, the Church (see Eph. 5:22-33). Let us never forget this simple truth: divorce is not an option for a child of God!

“Success in marriage involves much more than finding the right mate. It also requires being the right mate.” – Author Unknown

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