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Christian living

Small, but schizophrenic

James 3:9-10 says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.”

James says that many stand and sing choruses during Sunday service and on the way home curse the driver who pulled in front of them.  Many religiously say their prayers on Monday morning, but at work lie to their employer as to why they’re late.  Many attend small group on Wednesday, but spread office slander at the work party on Friday.  We are schizophrenic much of the time and that is not good, nor honouring to God, nor worthy of Christ.  A schizophrenic mouth is not consistent with a truly converted person. That why James says, “My brothers (and sisters), this should not be!”

James 3 tells us that our speech is powerful, dangerous, untameable and schizophrenic.  We all struggle in this area.  How do we change our speech and move from words that do the devil’s work (v6) to words that honour God?  The answer is  that we change our heart.

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Divorce marriage

Sanctity of marriage

In my previous post I mentioned some of societal factors hampering good marriages.  I mentioned that we needed to get with God’s plan for marriage.  Jesus spoke about God’s intentions for marriage in Mark 10:1-12.

 Jesus reminded the religious leaders of the day that marriage was God’s plan from the very beginning by referring to Genesis 1.

In V6-8 Jesus said, “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.”

 Marriage is a creational ordinance.  Marriage was not invented, discovered, enacted by law or forced on people by the church.   God knew for humans to be happy and healthy and enjoy God’s good world, marriage is what’s needed, not cohabitation, civil partnerships or multiple-partners.  Because marriage is a creation ordinance it is good for all people, nut just Christians.

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marriage

Till divorce do us part

We live in a world with a high divorce rate, many children born out of wedlock, teenage pregnancy, marital unfaithfulness and premarital promiscuity.  People are still getting married, but they are getting married later, less frequently, more hesitantly and less successfully.  A prenup contract is the norm, as often we expect divorce.  A large number of people, Christians and non-Christians, are realising that there is something seriously wrong.

We know that we live in a fallen world and sin pervades every aspect of our society, including our relationships and marriages.  Here are some ways, I think, sin has affected society and caused the failure of many marriages*: