It is that time of year, the time of year that depression sets in for many. Shorter days, colder weather, large credit card balances from Christmas spending and maybe failed expectations from your loved one this holiday season. Time to reflect on the year and maybe your relationship/marriage has soured or isn't what you had hoped it would be and you just been trying to get through the holidays.
Well, just so you know, the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence. It is always greener where it gets watered.
Contrary to what many people believe, there is no such thing as a Mr. or Mrs. Right for us. Want in on a divine secret?
God puts people in your life for a reason, it is up to you to make the relationship Holy or allow Satan to tear it apart.
Ever want to become a priest or nun and devote yourself to the Lord? Well, marriage is even a higher calling. Marriage is a Holy union between man and woman instituted by God, it provides the framework to add more children to God's Kingdom.
- Proverbs 14:4: Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
As with anything in life, whether it be your job or marriage...
- Colossians 3:23-24: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
And marriage requires two people serving eachother for the Lord. I know that I want to be treated like a King. Not that type of King, like Christ who is the King. Wives, treat your husbands like Christ the King. Husbands treat your wives like Christ did the church.
Divorce - What did Jesus Say?
Mark 10:2-8: Some Pharisees came and tested him (Jesus) by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" "What did Moses command you?" Jesus replied. They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away."
"It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied. "But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one."
Mark 10:9: "Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
"Let man not separate." This means: divisive friends or family, marriage counselors that don't view marriage as a sacrament, greedy attorneys and the hard-hearted prideful spouse.
Advice From Christ
Luke 21:34-36: "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
Can't think of a New Year's Resolution for 2010?
How about living a more Holy life and being more Christlike to those around you.
And judging from divorce statistics, make a resolution to work harder in your relationship and be a better parent and spouse.
- John 13:34: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
Its all Faith Plus Love. And when you have these, you have Hope.
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Peace be with you,
© Michael J. Cox