Sermon on the Mount: Faithful Marriage

31“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” ~Matthew 5

Is not marriage

The Holy Covenant?

A picture of

The sweet relationship

Between God and His own?

It is a union

Two become one.

A living sacrifice

One to another.

It is an honoring

A deep respect

An enduring hope

That will last until the end.

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Who heard of a wife denying

She ever had a husband?

And what of the husband

Forsaking his wife?

Has the Lord denied His bride

When she sins against Him

So many times?

Has He cut her off?

She has been faithless

Perhaps on occasion

We are all of us sinners

Yet He is faithful

For He is God

And become one with His own

He cannot deny Himself

How should the husband be

With the one he has sworn

To love

To protect?

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Will not what is real

Last until the end?

Endure in hope.

Sow deep respect.

Honor one another.

One to another

Live as a sacrifice.

Two become one

A unity of truth.

Husband and wife

Are as God and His own

A sweet relationship

A picture.

This is the Holy Covenant.

This is marriage.

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“3Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

4“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’a 5and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? 6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

7“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” ~Matthew 19

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“The saying is trustworthy, for:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;

12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;

if we deny him, he also will deny us;

13if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

for he cannot deny himself.” ~2 Timothy 2

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Malachi 2:16

“The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the LORD, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the LORD Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.”

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“21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansingb her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30for we are members of his body. 31“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” ~Ephesians 5

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