RENEW:  Till Death Do Us Part…A Commitment that Lasts a Lifetime!

 

Scripture Lesson for the day: Matthew 19:1-12, NLT & selected passages in the Bible

Do you have a Biblical view of marriage?

God’s design for marriage includes…

  • A covenant between a man and a woman!

“They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female” (Matthew 19:4b, NLT).

What is the difference between a contract and a covenant?

  • A breaking away from other relationships!

“And he said, ‘this explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife’” (Matthew 19:5a, NLT).

Why is it necessary for a person to “leave” his or her parents?

  • Two individuals being united together as one!

“…and the two are united into one. ‘Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together” (Matthew 19:5b-6, NLT).

  • Being equally yoked!

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14, NKJV)

Why is it important to be equally yoked?

  • A lifelong commitment of faithfulness!

“Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery” (Hebrews 13:4, NLT).

“Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath.  He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, ‘She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’  Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her.” (2 Samuel 11:2-4a, NLT).

Key Understanding: Jesus raised the bar of purity and faithfulness to an entirely new level by saying even looking at someone and lusting after them is committing adultery in one’s heart!

“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’  But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28, NLT).

Forgiveness and reconciliation are standards to be exhibited instead of divorce!

“Jesus replied, ‘Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended.  And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful’” (Matthew 19:8-9, NLT).

Closing Challenge:  Jesus challenged the Pharisee’s understanding of marriage and divorce by pointing out God’s original design. Do you have a biblical view of marriage? Do you believe God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman for life? God’s plan for marriage is a commitment meant to last a lifetime…till death do us part!  Married or single will you adopt this biblical point of view for marriage?

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