Thinking through a troubled marriage PART 10

 

Consider Christ

 

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Hebrews 2:3 “How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation.”

 

I have already mentioned Jesus Christ as the Saviour and forgiver of all who came to him. But I want to clarify one important issue and I will attempt to-do so by asking a question.

 

Why are we as we are? Why do we do the things we do? Why do so many people wreck their marriages at such cost to others, themselves and their children? What is that grim power that seems to be at work in us so that we often press a sort of self-destruct button instead of doing the right thing? The right thing is always reasonable and rarely gets us into trouble. But we seem to always tend to gravitate to the wrong thing and land up in trouble. Why do we do this?

The answer is in the bible which describes us all as having not neutral natures upon which we foist bad choices but sinful natures in which our wrong choices are rooted. We are sinners (Romans 3:23). And because this is so we all fall under the judgement of God. This is why so much of life is out of kilter.

 

Our judgements are affected by sin. In fact sin affects every other area of our lives as well. This is one reason why our marriages suffer the way they do.

 

When Jesus Christ came into the world He came to deal with this problem of Sin. He did so by dying on the Cross for us and offering Himself up in our place. He took the judgement we deserve so that we may go free (2 Corinthians 5:21). Then He rose from the dead to show that the power of sin and death has been conquered forever.

This is why we urge people to turn to Christ. He offers forgiveness and a new life. Furthermore He opens the way for us into a wonderful new kingdom which God is going to bring about when Jesus returns. And it’s for this very reason He can come alongside you into your marriage shambles and offer you a way out.

 

The point I want to reiterate is that He did not come primarily to save our marriages but rather our whole lives. Marriage is often the opening He uses to get our attention. I hope He has yours. This is what Jesus Christ wants from you. He wants you to commit yourself to Him and acknowledge His ultimate and supreme authority – not only over the world but over you too. He wants you to turn from the lifestyle you have been following and stop doing the destructive thing you have been doing. He wants you to ask Him to forgive you and to renew you. Ask Him to grant you the gift of the new birth and the presence of the Holy Spirit within to change you from a selfish rebel to a true child of God. (Galatians 4:6).

 

Prayer:

Almighty God, I realise how much I have been fooling myself by living my own life independent of you. I am a lost sinner facing a judgement I fully deserve.But you sent Jesus to die as my substitute on the Cross. Forgive me for rejecting him. Please forgive all my sins and become my Saviour today. Please make me one of your family and help me to live an entirely new life. Amen

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