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IS YOUR MARRIAGE HEALTHY, HAPPY AND IN HARMONY WITH THE WILL OF GOD?

30 May

“WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT KEEPING OUR MARRIAGES STRONG”

 INTRO.

 
1. Matt. 19:6 – It is sin to put asunder our marriage [“divorce,” depart, separate; derived from the idea of a chasm (chora), an empty expanse, such as the countryside between villages].
 
2. Heb. 13:4 – Marriage is an honorable institution & is to be honored by all people, including those who are married.
 
3. Gen. 2:18, 23-24 – God endorses marriage & provides for its success.
 
4. Question is: Will we obey His will in our marriage so that it can succeed?!
 
5. Six truths to help keep your marriage strong:
 
 
 
I. CHARACTER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TECHNIQUE.
 
1. Common mistake: Thinking things constitute happiness in a marriage, rather than being the right kind of person. 2 Cor. 8:12
 
-Example: 1 Tim. 6:10.
 
2. The Character Of Christ (Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:10):
 
-Love – Eph. 5:25; Titus 2:4; Eph. 5:2.
 
-Humility (not selfish pride) – Phil. 2:3-4.
 
-Honesty – Eph. 5:25.
 
(Generates trust, security & commitment between you – Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:5).
 
 
 
II. LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS.
 
· Of your partner’s sins – 1 Cor. 13:5-7.
 
· Of your goodness (“I’ve done…, therefore I deserve…”) – 1 Cor. 13:4.
 
-Kindly forgiving each other – Eph. 4:32.
 
-Healing – Eph. 4:31.
 
 
 
III. BEING IN A MARRIAGE CARRIES AN OBLIGATION TO COMMUNICATE.
 
· Be honest & open with each other. No secrets!
 
· By listening:
 
-To each other – Jas. 1:19.
 
-To instruction – Prov. 19:20.
 
-To wisdom – Prov. 8:32.
 
· By talking:
 
-Plainly – Gal. 4:16; cf. 1 Cor. 14:9.
 
-Kindly – Jas. 3:9-12; cf. Prov. 14:3; 15:1-2; 20:3; 25:11.
 
-Often – Prov. 12:25; 15:23.
 
 
 
IV. FORGIVENESS IS A CHOICE, NOT A FEELING.
 
· A constant choice – Matt. 18:21-22.
 
· A choice of the heart – Matt. 18:35.
 
· A choice of mercy – Matt. 6:14-15.
 
 
 
V. LOVE IS A COMMITMENT, NOT A FEELING.
 
· It is a decision of will which is carried out by action – Matt. 5:44-45.
 
-Husbands: As Christ loved the church; as you love yourself – Eph. 5:25, 28-29; 1 Pet. 3:7.
 
-Wives: As the church loves Christ – Eph. 5:24 (cf. Jno. 14:15); 1 Pet. 3:5-6.
 
· Must decide to have an overriding commitment to each other which is far deeper than the flesh & emotions.
 
 
 
VI. READING MINDS IS NOT SOMETHING HUMAN BEINGS DO WELL.
 
· 1 Cor. 2:11 – Therefore…
 
-Don’t assume…verify! 1 Tim. 6:4 (evil suspicions/surmising).
 
-Communicate (discuss & resolve – Matt. 5:23-24).
 
· This is greatly helped when trust is established & maintained in a marriage.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. Everyone faces challenges in marriage.
 
2. Those who succeed work at keeping their marriage healthy, happy & in harmony with the will of God!
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1 Comment

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “IS YOUR MARRIAGE HEALTHY, HAPPY AND IN HARMONY WITH THE WILL OF GOD?

  1. evanlaar1922

    May 30, 2012 at 2:39 am

    awesome! Great job…

     

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