God put a priority on building a solid marriage.
Building a solid marriage is high on God’s list of priorities. So high, as you see above, He instructed newly-wed men not to go to battle for their first year of marriage. God even compares His relationship to the Church as a husband/bride relationship.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. —Revelation 19:7
He wants us to consider marriage an “honor:”
Marriage is to be held in honor among all. —Hebrews 13:4a
Men have special commands within the marriage covenant to:
- Please his wife.
but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife —1 Corinthians 7:33
- Treat her as an equal.
So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself —Ephesians 5:28
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.
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When we have no mass, physics confirms that we have no time either. Time is a dimension like length and width. My personal belief is that when we die, we do not have to “kill time” until the Rapture since we will be outside of the dimension of time. So there is no real conflict to say that when we die we’ll be “at” the Rapture. What do you think?
We disagree based on the following verses that clearly show a “time” factor in the future involving heaven.
They cried out with a loud voice, saying “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” —Revelation 6:10
For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time. —Revelation 12:12
And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth. —Revelation 11:18
Dear Compass, I am having an on-going debate over the capitalization of pronouns referring to our Lord and Jesus. All of my upbringing has taught me that these are proper pronouns and as such must be capitalized, but often I see them printed in lower case. Your thoughts and comments would be appreciated.
The original manuscripts were written without distinguishing between upper and lower case. In fact, to save valuable parchment space, there was no punctuation at all, which has caused some problems when translating it to English. Today, many people (including Compass/GML) capitalize the personal pronouns referring to Jesus and God simply to give honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13:7), but it is by choice, not by law or rules of grammar.
Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
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