Activate - October 7, 2014

DIVORCE

Read: Malachi 2

Key Verse: “I hate divorce, says the Lord God of Israel, and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment, says the Lord Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.” - Malachi 2:16

The world today is undermining the biblical definition of marriage. God created marriage. It is a gift from Him and the most intimate relationship between a man and a woman. Some people are given the gift of singleness, and it is a wonderful calling. When a husband and wife are married, it is a covenant between them and God. Marriage is a cord of three strands. Jesus should be at the center of every marriage.

Because marriage is a lifelong decision, it is important to pray for God’s wisdom in selecting a mate. The commitment to each other is more important than health, wealth, having a physical home, sickness, or any other challenges. A marriage should be protected, enjoyed, and cherished. Staying in prayer and the word together, a couple grows in their bond and closeness. God does not want people to be divorced, but united and making every effort to maintain unity. A marriage is designed to show the relationship between Jesus and the church (for more information about God’s design for marriage, read Ephesians chapter five)!

For more from Pastor Jesse Bradley and Activate Media Ministries, visit www.activatelife.org

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