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June 6, 2018, 10:10 AM

Marriage:Guard your Spirit & remain Faithful


Church Family,

If you have 5-10 minutes go and read through all of Malachi. It is full of great things to learn. I have picked one that most of us will question or fight against, so let me lay out MY intent. I am not writing to those who have been through this, but to those who maybe considering this. We can’t change the past, but we can hope to help keep others from repeating it.

Malachi 2:13-16 And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. 16“For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her,j says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

  1. I admit I personally have rules for weddings that I will officiate that are stricter than others. The main reason, God is the witness at each marriage. So, I am careful to not represent God in a way contrary to His Word.
  2. A minister isn’t joining anything together, God is.
  3. The main reason for writing this is to encourage us to Guard our spirit and to remain faithful to God and our spouse. Now I stink at being a husband, so I don’t want to pretend that I can offer good advice. Scripture teaches us that part of the key to a good marriage is not how the other person acts(that matters), but how well we guard our spirits and whether we remain faithful. Those that are unfaithful outwardly began long ago being unfaithful in their spirit.
  4. Some simple advice, Take divorce off the table. If it’s an option, it’s hard not to choose it.
  5. This is not written so we can label or beat down anyone who has been through divorce or was unfaithful. You can’t change the past now, but moving forward you can apply this to your relationship.

Reminders:

  1. Prayer Meeting tonight at 7pm.
  2. We are prayer walking again this Sunday at 5:30pm.
  3. June 12th Seniors are eating at the church
  4. VBS “Shipwrecked” begins June 17th-21st at 6pm-8:30pm.
  5. June 24th at 6pm Glory Train in Concert.
  6. June 26th-July 3rd Toronto Mission Trip

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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