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Sunday, June 21, 2009

What holds marriage together


The text for today, Fathers' Day, is Matthew 5:27-32, where Jesus talks about adultery, marriage and divorce...yikes! But in the context of the Sermon on the Mount, I can't help but think he is point us to what it means to be "blessed" in a a broken world. He calls us back to covenant commitment and his profound forgiveness of broken ones (John 4...woman at the well and John 8...woman caught in adulter). In both cases, he brings a quality of forgiveness and restoration to bear that is unheard of.
I am well aware as I get ready to preach that defense walls are high when it comes to marriage, divorce and adultery. It's epidemic in our culture and in our churches. May the 3-strand cord speak of the Father's love that interweaves a couples' commitment to each other, giving them a greater tensile strength than there 2-stranded lives can provide.

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