Today is February 4, 2019

Verse of the Day — Philippians 3:21

[Jesus] . . . who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

One day we all get a new eternal, sinless body—Yea!


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Our eternal spirit, the “good” part of us that’s worth saving, will get a new house one day. Our current house has perishable characteristics. Our new house will have imperishable characteristics:

Just as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. —1 Corinthians 15:49

. . . It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; —1 Corinthians 15:42

What we are currently housed in is certainly not bad. In fact, we were created in Adam, in God’s image.

So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female —Genesis 1:27

So, while we wait for our new house, we must still take care of our current house—and not complain about the way God made us.      Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God —1 Corinthians 6:19

. . . I will be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake. —Psalm 17:15

. . . We are the clay, and Thou our potter; And all of us are the work of Thy hand. —Isaiah 64:8

. . . does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use? —Romans 9:21


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

I have read your devotional for years and appreciate your illuminating God’s biblical truths. After reading the GML on staying in a marriage that is abusive, I must respond.

God does hate divorce, but he also hates a man who covers himself in violence. How can you work on reconciliation when the word itself means returning to a healthy relationship? How can you be apart when every time you see your spouse he abuses you all the more.

It is not a marriage, it is just staying married for the sake of staying married. If you had ever been in an abusive marriage or if someone you love has been, you would never suggest a woman stay married to an abuser.

An abusive man wants the control, and a legal marriage maintains that control. Abusers are very charming in the courtship, very manipulating in counseling (pastor), and very much into the secret mistreatments. Please stop with all the guilt. It is just NOT SAFE to stay married . . . an abusive marriage is not God’s best for anyone.


ANSWER:

We never suggested or implied that a woman should stay in a dangerous situation in the home. If a woman, man, or child is in harm’s way, whether physical or ungodly mental abuse, they should leave the home until it is clear things have changed. But we maintain there is a HUGE difference between “divorcing” and “leaving.”

If you file for a divorce, you are in essence saying that God is incapable of changing things and you are better off taking things into your own hands.

God says stay married.

For married people I have a command which is not my own but the Lord’s: a wife must not leave her husband —1 Corinthians 7:10

There is no room for debate or second-guessing God, regardless of the situation. If you keep your eyes on the Lord, on the long term, not the short term, you can “do all things through Him Who strengethens me.” —Philippians 4:13

As we’ve said before, you marry for “better or worse” and divorce is never an option for the believer, even if you end up with “worse.”

If someone is feeling “guilty” because of a past divorce, he or she has an incorrect view of God’s love and acceptance. The Bible says to move on, regardless of your past sin or failures.

. . . forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, —Philippians 3:13

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. —Ephesians 2:4-7

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