BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 19:3-32
INTRODUCTION: In the first part of this series, we discovered the various responsibilities of the husband, wife and even children. We believe that miracles are now happening in various homes to the glory of God.
DIVORCE AND GOD’S REMEDY
Divorce is not the will of God for the family. Many things could be responsible for divorce among which are: failure to actually leave and cleave to the wife as instructed – Gen.2:24; Mt.19:4-6, giving the devil a place – Eph.4:27; 1 Pet.5:7-9. The devil can come through gossip, false prophecy and suspicion – 1 Jn.4:1. Other things responsible for divorce include extravagance and worldliness – Eph.5.22-31; Rom.12:1-2, comparing your family with others, criticism and failure to forgive – 2 Cor.12:5; Jn.17:20, and lack of love and affection – Eph.5:25-28; Tit.2:4.
OTHER FAMILY PROBLEMS AND REMEDIES
Problems include the wife usurping the duty of the husband. This is not God’s pattern – 1 Pet.3:4-7; Col.3:18-20. The head of the family is the seat of duty. When the headship of the husband is challenged, he should turn to the Lord Jesus in prayer. Otherwise, pride sets in – Jn.13:3-5; 1 Sam.1:9-19. The Lord’s command is that we have faith in God – Mk.11:22- otherwise help centered on unbelief will not be acceptable in God’s sight – Rom.14:23. Polygamy is another problem. It is not allowed by God – Gen.29:29-32. Family income budgeting can also be a problem. The family should avoid being in bondage to creditors.
Marriage is intended by God to be a lifetime affair. In case of fornication, separation is allowed – Mt.5:31-32; Rom.7:2-3.
Jesus can make all things right. Hand over your family to God today.
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