April 30
It’s meant to be permanent
Pastor Mark Jeske

When two partners form a business venture, they are in it only so long as they realize a profit and get along with each other. If either one loses interest in the partnership, he or she may leave or buy the other out. There is no expectation that the partnership must last until death of the principals.

It’s not hard to understand why people would enter marriage with the same attitude—who wants to make that kind of scary permanent commitment? It makes sense on a personal level to keep a back door or two open in case the relationship is no fun anymore.

That was certainly the view of marriage that the Pharisees at Jesus’ time held. “‘Why then,’ they asked, ‘did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?’ Jesus replied, ‘Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning’” (Matthew 19:7,8). God sadly realizes that breakups are going to happen, but that was not his beautiful creative intent on the sixth day of creation, and it should not be seen as a spiritually acceptable option when two people get married.

Bottom line: husbands and wives need to change their behaviors, adapting to each other, serving each other, forgiving each other, and growing in the grace of self-control so that their inborn sinfulness won’t destroy the relationship.

Marriage really is supposed to be till death us do part.


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