Today is August 20, 2019

Verse of the Day — Ecclesiastes 7:14

In the day of prosperity be happy,
But in the day of adversity consider—
God has made the one as well as the other.


God allows both prosperity and problems.


It’s comforting to know that God allows EXACTLY what is needed each moment of every Christian’s life. He allows all things, good and bad, for His purpose:

. . . God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28

Even adversities and afflictions contribute to God’s “purpose,” which is to bring Christians to perfection in His presence:

. . . be holy and blameless before Him. —Ephesians 1:4

. . . having no spot or wrinkle . . . —Ephesians 5:27

. . . beyond reproach . . . —Colossians 1:22

. . . blameless . . . —Jude 24

It’s wonderful to know those will be our characteristics for all eternity!


Dear Compass,

I have a Christian friend whose wife has left him after 27 years of marriage. He has fought against the divorce decree every step of the way, but it looks like his wife will prevail in obtaining the divorce. He is a leader (Elder) in our church, and, since the divorce was not his idea and not what he wanted, do you think he has to resign as Elder?


One of the qualifications of an Elder is that his family be in order:

He must be one who manages his own household well . . . —1 Timothy 3:4

(if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?) —1 Timothy 3:5

Another is that he be above reproach (Titus 1:7). Since all qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 are in present tense, he must continue to qualify or step down and find another area of service in his church.

As far as his responsibility in the divorce—God will hold him accountable as head of his house. And, interestingly, we’ve rarely seen a woman who would divorce a man who:

  • loved her (from the beginning of their marriage) as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:25)
  • treated her as a “gift” from God (Ecclesiastes 9:9)
  • overlooked and never remembered her mistakes (1 Corinthians 13:5)
  • forgave her always (Matthew 18:21-22)
  • took care of and understood her needs (Ephesians 5:28, 1 Peter 3:7)
  • protected her from Satan (Ephesians 6:11-12)
  • provided her with food and shelter (1 Timothy 5:8)
  • taught her spiritual truths (1 Corinthians 14:35)
  • honored her (1 Peter 3:7)
  • and was a walking example of a Christ-centered life (Philippians 3:17, Ephesians 5:20).

So if this guy thinks the divorce was not his fault, we’re not buying it. His ego reveals his lack of true Agape love and devotion. He needs to resign, repent, and move on while praying his wife will see that he has changed . . . that Jesus’ love is front and center in his life. Then hopefully they can reconcile.

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Satan’s Top 10 Lies: Lie #1 Divorce Is the “Unpardonable” Sin for Christians – Bill Perkins

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