Even the “little things” matter to God.
God uses the phrase “abomination to the Lord” for major offenses such as:
You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. —Leviticus 18:22
- Worshiping idols.
The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. —Deuteronomy 7:25
- A prideful heart.
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. —Proverbs 16:5
- Satan standing in the Holy Temple of God.
Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation. —Daniel 11:31
Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand) —Matthew 24:15
- Do we give a full hour of work for each hour we’re paid?
- Do we disclose all our income on our taxes?
- Do we represent the truth when we sell something—or use the world’s “buyer beware” tactic?
- Did we return the $10 bill we found in the parking lot?
The list is endless when you include things like golf scores, explanations of why we were speeding, and promises to pray for someone or something.
God wants us to keep ourselves “free from sin” (1 Timothy 5:22) in everything we do. Even the little things matter to God.
. . . the devious are an abomination to the LORD. —Proverbs 3:32
Comments regarding a previous GML:
“If living together is the same as being married, then why would anyone actually get married? Most non-Christians live together anyway before they get married.”
“I cannot believe you told that woman that it is safe to assume she was married!!! They never got married in the first place. You’re telling me everyone who lives together is considered married?”
“There is no such thing as being married illegally. You are either married or you’re not. How can you be divorced if you’ve never been married?”
Obviously, just living together doesn’t mean you are married. It’s gross sin, but certainly not marriage in God’s eyes. We had to heavily edit a long story down to a printable size and unintentionally left out the fact she did have a wedding, accepted gifts, and changed her name. According to our legal counsel (which is one opinion of many), she would be considered married by most courts. But, most importantly, she took the wedding vows (which God takes very seriously).
When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you, and the LORD your God will surely require it of you. However, if you refrain from vowing, it would not be sin in you. You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God, what you have promised. —Deuteronomy 23:21-23
See also Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 and Matthew 5:33.
Therefore, in HER situation, as far as God is concerned, we believe she will be SAFEST to assume she was/is married and then deserted by an unbelieving husband.
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