Malachi 2:14 You ask, “Why?” It is because the LORD is the witness between you and the wife of youryouth. You have been unfaithful toher, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
Marriage is important because family relationships are important:1. In the beginning: Created man and woman. 2. Kingdom of heaven- like a wedding feast 3. First miracle- in a wedding. 4. Illustration of our relationship with God- a marriage. 5. In the new earth- marriage feast.
Yet, families are in trouble. Divorce:The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%, second marriage is 60%, third is 73%.
AbuseIn 2009, approximately 3.3 million child abuse reports, an estimated 6 million children. Abandonment- The U.S. Department of Health and HumanServices states, "Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse."
Romans 12:10 Be devoted toone another in love. Honor oneanother above yourselves.
It is well to remember that theentire population of the universe,with one trifling exception, iscomposed of others. Andrew J. Holmes
At the root of every sinful act, every hurtful word, everyinappropriate thought lies one common denominator: Selfishness.
God calls us to selflessness, the act of sacrificingone’s own interest for the greater good.1.Before marriage: “Scientists find that cohabitationcuts down on commitment. The message of livingtogether is "Id really like to take just a part of you rightnow, maybe sometime later Id take every part of you".The relationship DEFINES itself by a holding back oftotal commitment. (The Ring Makes All The Difference)
2. During marriage:Hebrews 13:4 Marriage should behonored by all, and the marriage bedkept pure, for God will judge theadulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Steering Clear, p. 31-34:a.Basic Selfishnessb. Living in fantasy.c.Boredom and lack of purpose.d.High risk takers.e. What I have is not enough.f. Soft on yourself and hard on others.g. Pride and low self-esteem: a paradox.
*Tamar-had issues with in-laws, noluck in marriage.*Rahab- was a prostitute.*Ruth- immigrant, widow.*Manasseh- blood-thirsty king.*Jacob- deceived his own father.*His family called him crazy. Did notbelieve in Him.
Which teaches us twothings:1. Jesus’ family had issuesyou can relate to.
2. Jesus’ family had issuesthey needed to be redeemedfrom.
Acts 16:29 The jailer called for lights and ranto the dungeon and fell down tremblingbefore Paul and Silas. 30 Then he broughtthem out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do tobe saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe in theLord Jesus and you will be saved, along witheveryone in your household.” 32 And theyshared the word of the Lord with him and withall who lived in his household.
Acts 16:33 Even at that hour of thenight, the jailer cared for them andwashed their wounds. Then he andeveryone in his household wereimmediately baptized. 34 He broughtthem into his house and set a mealbefore them, and he and his entirehousehold rejoiced because they allbelieved in God.