Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:          The Game of Life  Day 33

“Marriage”

He *said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery

Matthew 19:8-9

Marriage is a God oriented relationship that is both an institution and an enterprise.  Marriage can be the greatest blessing or the heaviest burden.  God created marriage to complete and comfort a man and a woman.  But marriage, like all of God’s ideas such as life, family, church and so on depend on God’s instruction.  We must have a heart that is willing to accept God’s instructions for this great institution.  The marriage relationship is to reflect the relationship we have or can have with God.  Paul wrote:  FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32)

When we marry, we don’t just take a hand, we embrace a heart and get the head that comes with it.  It’s a destitute heart that is unbearable to live with in marriage, personally let alone relationally.  A destitute heart lacks the resources for a divine life  The only way this relationship can bloom and bless is that we deal with the destitution of our own hard hearts.  Immorality is the evidence of a impoverished heart.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise or you will stop dealing with your own heart and start destroying the hearts of others.  A destitute heart is dangerous to society, but God can and will deliver and fill the most destitute heart the bows to Him.

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