Saturday, November 11, 2023
Jesus' answer to the trick question the Pharisees asked revealed several essential truths about relationships. We have looked at some of these in the previous days' devotional thoughts. Today, let's look at one of the main points Jesus wants us to hear:
As Jesus' comments revealed, the principles of marital union are built on the foundation of several other principles taught in Scripture:
Many today might respond, "This is old-fashioned, naive, and overly restrictive!" That is how Jesus' disciples responded.  So, Jesus gave another option. Remain single and chaste, controlling our bodies in holiness and honor.  Jesus did not back down from God's plan for marriage, nor did the early church.  We must not either. That, however, does not mean that we treat people who violate God's commands as enemies. Jesus becomes our guide in these matters. When people are willing to come to the Lord, follow Him, and turn their life around to live by His will, He restores life and freely shares His grace. 
Let's value marriage as God does. Let's obediently respond to God's call for holiness with grace, love, and support.
Dear Father, many of us have watched society decay as marriage has become less valued, homes have become more unstable, and children are caught in the crossfire of painful family messes. Give us inspired Holy Spirit wisdom to know the best way to obey Your call for holy relationships and help others who struggle to find their way to You and Your plan for their lives. We need Your help, forgiveness, strength, graciousness, and wisdom as we seek to navigate the troubled seas of our culture, which seems fixed on its sexual appetites and not upon loving others sacrificially. Please, pour out Your Spirit on Your people to be examples of what a blessed life should be as a married couple. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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