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Be Faithful...

The Peace of God

THE FRUIT OF FAITHFULNESS

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Luke 12:42-45(NKJV) - And the Lord said, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.

The Holy Spirit produces faithfulness. Truly spiritual people are reliable and trustworthy. If they say they are going to do something or be somewhere it's as good as done. By its very nature, the fruit of faithfulness takes some time to develop. The Lord chooses those who are faithful for positions of high leadership and ensure that they are well taken care of. God measures your faithfulness by how consistent you are at doing what He has called you to do.

The people of the world cherish faithfulness. They rather have someone they can rely on with minimal talent than someone they can't rely on with lots of talent. That's because most are conditioned to follow the pathway of comfort at the cost of faithfulness. People find difficulty in committing to anything so as soon as they feel uncomfortable they are ready to quit. That's why faithfulness separates a mature Christian from the people of the world. We must always do what God says until He says stop. Faithfulness brings many great rewards.

Meditate on Matthew 25:14-30, 1 Corinthians 4:2 and Luke 12:41-48

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Be Good Today!

The Peace of God

THE FRUIT OF GOODNESS

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Romans 15:14(KJV) - And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

I've always heard of the goodness of The Lord while growing up in The Church. However, goodness is one of the least mentioned fruits of The Holy Spirit that should manifest in our lives. What is goodness in the first place? In this context it means virtue and I'm sure you're familiar with The Bible's depiction of the virtuous woman. Your spirituality can be judged by your goodness. Do you dispense good to others and are you the carrier of good wherever you are? In the midst of a complete collapse of moral standards, your goodness shines like a light that points people back to God.

Look for opportunities to do good today. Your good works show men that The Holy Spirit has taken control of your life. They are an outward demonstration of an inward transformation. The Apostle James said that faith without works is dead. As a result, anytime faith is mentioned in your life it must be accompanied by goodness. Your faith cannot stand alone and be effective because in the eyes of others nothing has changed about you until they can see it. Be good to those around you today and let the spiritual fruit of goodness develop.

Meditate on Hebrews 10:19-25 and James 2:14-26

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The Fruit of Kindness

The Fruit of Kindness

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Ephesians 4:31-32(KJV) - Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

The Bible instructs us to be kind to one another because it doesn't flow naturally. It's human nature to be selfish and it's much easier to have a bad attitude than to exhibit kindness on a regular basis. Truly kind people are rare treasures in our society. Kindness is just no longer a popular quality in a culture where arrogance and rudeness are celebrated. We don't place good manners at the top of our priority lists unless we're dealing with little children.

The kindness with which you treat people demonstrates to them that you are spiritual. A wise man once told me that people don't care what you know until they know that you care. So it's crucial that people know us as exceptionally kind people if we expect them to listen when we preach the gospel of The Kingdom. In this context, another word for kind is gracious. The same way God extends grace to you, He expects you to extend grace to others.

Meditate on Luke 6:27-36

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The Body Church - Building God's Church

Sermon Date - Sunday, February 16th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

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We Are God's Building (Complete Message)

Sermon Date - Sunday, February 9th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

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Patience

The Peace of God

THE FRUIT OF PATIENCE

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Luke 8:15(NKJV) - But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

According to Hebrews 6:12, the combination of faith and patience positions you to inherit the promises of God. However, while faith is gained from The Word of God and proven by actions, patience comes at a high cost. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 5:3 that tribulation works patience and The Apostle James said in James 1:3 that the trying of your faith works patience. Therefore, patience is one fruit of The Spirit that does not exist in a vacuum. It cannot be developed in your secret place or by reading and confessing the scriptures. It only grows under pressure. You have no idea how much patience you have until it is tested.

In the context of spiritual fruit, the Greek word used for patience is “hupomone” which can also be translated as cheerful or hopeful endurance, constancy and the ability to wait. Your spirituality can be measured by how steady you are in trials. As disaster stares you in the face, if you continue to believe and remain hopeful in God's deliverance, your patience has manifested. Patience is one fruit of The Spirit that we have to judge for ourselves because none of us knows what we will do until we are in the same situation. Continue to believe what God has already said to you in the middle of intense trials and allow the fruit of patience to develop in your life.

Meditate on Hebrews 6:11-12, Romans 5:1-5 and James 1:2-4

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The Peace of God

The Peace of God

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

John 14:27-28(NKJV) - Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

When your peace is gone, the enemy has won. According to Hebrews 4:3, when we believe, we enter into a state of rest. Therefore, the enemy tries with all of his power to bring doubt into your life and rob you or your peace. If He could get you to stop believing what God's Word says your spirituality comes into question. People who are spiritual trust God. Even if you operate in spiritual gifts, when challenged, if you lose your peace, you are not spiritual. Nothing by the fruit of the Spirit can be used to measure spirituality.

Philippians 4:6-7(NKJV) - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Today, remember how important your peace is. Let nobody and I do mean nobody come into your life and take it away for any reason. It doesn't matter what they say or do, hold on to your peace for dear life. Sometimes, just for the sake of peace, you have to get away from certain people or situations if you have to. That's an acceptable response if your peace is under attack. The Holy Spirit will monitor your peace and guide your steps so that it can be maintained. Look out today for opportunities to test the strength of your peace. If you continue to believe what God's Word says about you, you'll continue to have peace.

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The Joy Of The Lord

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Nehemiah 8:10(NKJV) - Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."

Anybody who walks around burdened and heavy all the time is not spiritual. Even if they claim to have a burden from The Lord and they're intercessors from heaven who are watchmen on the wall, they're not spiritual. The second Fruit of The Spirit is the joy of The Lord. Hence, no joy, no spirituality. Now let's get some balance. There is a time for everything according to Ecclesiastes 3 and when it's time to be penitent a spiritual person knows that. However, if joy is completely absent from a person's life the spiritual transformation that may have started is incomplete.

Jesus was anointed with The Holy Spirit who provided us with the garment of praise for The Spirit of Heaviness. Every time of weeping must come to an end and a period of joy must begin. It was never God's plan for mankind to live in anything less than His joy. According to Matthew 25:21, His eternal reward for faithfulness is entrance into The Joy of The Lord. In sum, ensure that nothing steals your joy from you today. People will know that you are spiritual by your joy in spite of challenging situations. Start developing this character trait today and watch it manifest in your life as the fruit of joy.

Meditate on Isaiah 61:3, Psalm 30:5, John 15:1-11 and John 16:19-24

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The Mystery of Divine Unity

The Mystery of Divine Unity

Today's blog is an excerpt from my book, The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven.

John 17:20-23(NLT) - “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Jesus prayed that all who believe in Him would be one, just as He and His Father are one. He then asked for all of us to experience the perfect unity He shared with His Father. Here is the problem. We think that means we have to all agree with each other. We think Jesus wanted us to agree on everything so we continue to frustrate ourselves in pursuit of this type of unity that continues to escape us. We think that if we talk things out among ourselves we can arrive at a consensus.

Maybe then, we can work together to represent Jesus on the earth. We really think we can do it so we’ll continue to try and continue to fail because we don’t understand what Jesus said. He didn’t expect us to negotiate with each other, compromise our standards, accommodate people’s opposing opinions or pretend to agree because that was not His definition of unity.

Yes, I agree that in Genesis 11, mankind was united during the construction of The Tower of Babel and God had to confound their languages to prevent them from accomplishing anything sinister. I agree that in Acts 2, on The Day of Pentecost, they were all in one accord in The Upper Room and received the promise of The Holy Spirit. Those are established facts that cannot be denied but there is something significant in these two illustrations that must not be overlooked. God destroyed the unity He observed in the Genesis 11 and embraced the unity in Acts 2. If unity among human beings was the goal, why were His responses so drastically different? Jesus didn’t want us to have unity among ourselves as a reflection of The Trinity. He wanted us to have unity with The Trinity. That is what He said in John 17:21-23.

He first defined His unity with The Father as them being in each other then He defined our unity as us being in them and He being in us. Nowhere, did He mention in His prayer a request for human unity. He knew that asking us to come together “as one” didn’t really make much sense because built into our humanity is a desire for independence. Even if we tried, we couldn’t do it. So He came up with the master plan that would revolutionize the concept of unity. Even though it is also His desire for this unity to manifest in our earthly relationships, nothing happens until each person is first unified with God. Therefore, first things must be placed first.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20(NLT) - Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Now that I’ve laid the foundation, I can share with you what I introduced at the beginning of this chapter. The Holy Spirit exploded into my spirit His desire to be one with me. He didn’t want us to be separate. He didn’t want me to follow Him around. Even though it may sound pious, He didn’t want to direct me by signs on the outside. He wanted us to get so close to each other that I could no longer tell where I ended and He began. He wanted us to have the type of unity that Jesus prayed for His disciples and all those who would ever believe in Him. He wanted me to be in Him the same way He was in me. That’s the unity that would enable me to operate like Jesus because it would no longer be me performing miracles, it would be Him performing them through me.

Therefore, any attempt to imitate the unity of The Trinity among humanity is a complete waste of time. If God really wanted humans to unite with each other we would have been able to do it already. The Western Church has more denominations and divisions than many pagan religions. We can’t seem to agree on anything except the basics of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We argue about the age of the earth, the gifts of The Spirit, pre-destination versus free will, etc. The Church in the East may be a little better but also have their issues. Even under intense persecution, the Chinese house churches eventually started splitting among doctrinal lines. Therefore, I can comfortably state that if we continue our traditional approach to unity, Jesus Christ will return and we’ll still be divided.

Decoding the Mystery of Divine Unity

Colossians 3:1-4(NLT) - Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

If you are a Christian, your real life does not exist apart from Christ. Therefore, if your life contains anything that is not in Christ, it’s not real. As a Christian, you have not been living unless you’ve been living in Christ. He is your life! This declaration from The Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:1-4 should completely change your approach to this short period called “time.” In fact, this is the attitude that The Holy Spirit desires of us all as we accept the call of Jesus to Divine Unity.

We must become one with The Head before we can become one with the rest of The Body of Christ. If we desire to “keep it real” then our reality must be heavenly. Our existence as individual human beings separated from God came to an abrupt end when we died to this life and accepted the real life offered by Christ. Hence, Divine Unity is actually the only option available within true Christianity. When this is understood the concept of being “heavenly minded” enters a new dimension.

Acts 17:24-28(NLT) - “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Real Christian life has no separation from God. In Him we live and move and exist! What a marvelous pronouncement of faith! God is not standing afar off leading us from the outside. He is no longer limited to a cloud, pillar of fire, The Ark of the Covenant or The Holiest of Holies in the temple. When He moves we move with Him. When He stops, we stop. It’s unnecessary for us to do anything for God. It’s worthless trying to work for God in our own strength. There is nothing we can offer Him that compares to His worth! However, He considers us worthy to be His expression on the earth. He wants us to desire Him so much that we offer our bodies for His use.

In Matthew 22:36-38, Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love The Lord with all of our hearts, souls and minds. He then stated in John 14:15 that if we love Him we will obey His commandments. When we make our lives all about Him, we’re proving our love for Him. He must dominate our thoughts and desires so much that no space is left for sin. David said in Psalm 119:11 that hiding the Word of God in our hearts enables us to manifest victory over sin. Isn’t that remarkable? The more we fill ourselves with God the less we’ll fall short of His lofty standards for our lives.

Romans 12:1-2(NLT) - And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

The Apostle Paul says in the King James Version of this scripture that giving God our bodies as a living sacrifice is our reasonable service. If giving God everything is reasonable what can we possibly do to impress Him? Once again, this is the Divine Unity that Jesus shared with The Father and desired for us all. This is one sacrifice we know God will accept. There is no need for you to wonder because God will accept you as you are. Paul confirms this position with the following quote from 2 Corinthians 5:16-17, “So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

In Romans 12:1-2, you can discover the elusive secret to clarifying the ambiguity of God’s Will for your life. You start by offering your body to Him as a form of worship. The next step is ensuring that you live by God’s Word instead of copying the behavior and customs of the world. Lastly, you have to let God transform your mind with His Word. The Book of John starts with, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” For this reason, if you want God to change your mindset, the light of His Word can do it. The scriptures are alive and can revitalize anything that is dead. Jesus said in John 6:63 that the spirit brings life and the words He speaks are spirit and they are life. Therefore, The Word of God is the perfect remedy for the shortcomings of all humanity.

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Ask Donnell: What's The Bible's position on Divorce and Remarriage?

Ask Donnell: What's The Bible's position on Divorce and Remarriage?

We received the following question from J;

"Hi Donnell,
I have a question: My sister and I had a heated argument about divorcees remarrying. We both agree that divorce is only permissible in the case of infidelity but according to her interpretation of what the bible teaches (Mathew 5:32) a divorcee remarrying in any circumstances (once their spouse is alive) is a sin and against God's law. I on the other hand cannot accept this interpretation and argued that if there is infidelity resulting in a divorce, the exception “clause” in this scripture (or the innocent party) I believe is free to remarry. Why would Jesus make a point of mentioning an exception and turn around and tell the innocent party, you can divorce because your spouse broke the covenant, but you can never remarry for the rest of your life, unless it’s to the same cheating spouse (who now makes your skin crawl by the way) - it just does not make sense! What about secular people who went ahead and divorce (not for biblical reasons) and remarry and then became saved? wouldn’t they be given? This is just one of the scenarios I see in this complex issue and since divorce is not an unpardonable sin I cannot agree with her interpretation - Am I wrong?"

J, this is a trap question. What looks like the right answer may not be the only right answer. 🙂 I appreciate you asking it because now is as good a time as any to release a solid answer. I've been avoiding addressing it publicly for a long time but since we just started a church we won't be able to avoid addressing it too much longer. Regardless, I have to be very wise with my response because this answer affects us all. Divorce is much more common in the church these days than it's ever been. It's easy to blurt out an answer when you're either not in the situation or it doesn't affect you in any way.

As a result, people can have very strong opinions based on a narrow understanding of scripture while being very insensitive to other people's situations. However, when the answer affects you or people you love, you think twice before running your mouth. You stop giving your opinion and you dig deep into The Word of God for the truth. So let's start with the scripture you cited.

Matthew 5:32(AMP) - But I tell you, Whoever dismisses and repudiates and divorces his wife, except on the grounds of unfaithfulness (sexual immorality), causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a woman who has been divorced commits adultery.

One message in this scripture is clear. Unfaithfulness is grounds for divorce. Therefore, when a spouse makes the decision to have sexual relations with someone outside of the marriage, the covenant is broken and the option for bringing an end to the marriage is available to the spouse who remained faithful. That is what Jesus said. What Jesus did not say is that if one spouse is committing adultery it means the other spouse is free to also commit adultery. The two wrongs don't cancel each other out. The same way you can't steal from someone who stole from you and expect it to be alright you cannot respond to adultery with adultery. Adultery is still a sin whether or not the other spouse did it first. As long as you're still married the rules of marriage still apply.

Now concerning remarriage, the message is not so clear in this scripture even though it seems to be so. Jesus first said that divorce is permitted as a response to unfaithfulness and that's easy to see. However, he follows that up by saying that the divorced person cannot be remarried without committing adultery. That's where the confusion lies. Does He really mean it's okay to get a divorce when a spouse cheats on you but it's not okay to remarry after getting that divorce He just permitted? This is why we have to thank God that there are four gospels. Four different writers heard Jesus say the same things and wrote them in four different ways. If you read something in one of the gospels and you need clarity, look it up in another gospel. Also, since none of us are native speakers of the Hebrew or Greek language from which The Bible is translated, when there is confusion, we also have to balance scriptures by looking at different translations.

Matthew 19:3-9(NLT) - Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?” “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” “Then why did Moses say in the law that a man could give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away?” they asked. Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended. And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful.

In a nutshell if there has been unfaithfulness in a marriage, the intentions of Jesus are captured in Matthew 19:9(NLT). In that unique case divorce and remarriage are permitted. However, before giving His response to the trap question, Jesus made it clear to those who would listen that marriage is valuable in the eyes of God. Divorce was never in God's plan. In God's eyes, marriage is forever. Divorce was only a concession due to the hardness of people's hearts. Therefore, it should never be an option when entering the marriage covenant. If you choose to get married, choose wisely because God expects you to stick with it until the end of your time on the earth.

As I stated earlier, this is a trap question and has been one since the days of Jesus on the earth. The New Living Translation makes it much easier to understand His response in Matthew 19:9. Here's the story behind this translation of The Bible according to BibleGateway.com;

"New Living Translation (NLT Bible)

The goal of any Bible translation is to convey the meaning of the ancient Hebrew and Greek texts as accurately as possible to the modern reader. The New Living Translation is based on the most recent scholarship in the theory of translation. The challenge for the translators was to create a text that would make the same impact in the life of modern readers that the original text had for the original readers. In the New Living Translation, this is accomplished by translating entire thoughts (rather than just words) into natural, everyday English. The end result is a translation that is easy to read and understand and that accurately communicates the meaning of the original text."

Here is the basis for your answer. Since modern speech has many nuances that help to convey meaning over and above the literal words being used the New Living Translation focuses on translating thoughts instead of just words. The same way you cannot translate Spanish to English or vice versa word for word without losing the essence of what's being said you cannot translate Hebrew or Greek to English word for word. That's how you end up with parts of some translated scriptures which appear to be inconsistent with a logical thought process. Every scripture that's translated to English should logically flow in a certain direction based on the thoughts being expressed. That's why I accept the New Living Translation of Matthew 19:9 as the answer to the question of divorce and remarriage.

Now, here's an interesting point. Since Jesus only spent a very short time addressing the issue of marriage and divorce, The Apostle Paul elaborated on it some more. It was his responsibility to bring structure to the church so he went into a little more detail than Jesus did on several issues including this one. Jesus already addressed infidelity as a concession for divorce so Apostle Paul did not have to repeat that. However, since his job was to address the situations facing the church at the time he could not take a hard-line stance without trying to understand what people were dealing with. Here's what Apostle Paul had to say;

1 Corinthians 7:10-16(NLT) - But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife. Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her. And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.) Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?

This is another concession for divorce that was created to address a situation they were currently facing. Christian women whose unsaved husbands walked out on them were stuck between a rock and a hard place. They didn't trigger the divorce and their husbands had no regard for the Biblical position on divorce because they were not saved in the first place. The same was taking place with husbands whose unsaved wives divorced them. They were stuck even though they did nothing wrong. The assumption here is that the couples got married when they were both unbelievers and one spouse became a believer during the course of the marriage. That's because The Bible discourages the initiation of marriage between Christians and non-Christians in 2 Corinthians 6:14.

So what's the conclusion of the entire matter? Jesus laid the foundation, then the Apostle Paul built upon it. The safest place to be is in a position where you can quote directly from the scriptures to support your position. However, there are issues we face today in the church that the Apostle Paul had not seen during his time. Issues like spousal abuse, child abuse or homosexuality during a marriage were not addressed directly. What do you do when your life is in danger as a result of spousal abuse? Do you stay married until the person kills you? What do you do if you find out your spouse is abusing your children? Do you keep your children in an abusive situation?

What do you do if your spouse decides to "come out of the closet" in the middle of your marriage? Do you stay married to a spouse who is gay? Had they faced these issues at that time they could have asked Apostle Paul and he would have addressed them in one of his letters to the churches. Hence, we would be able to quote the scripture to establish our position. However, what do we do when we cannot quote an exact scripture? We have to do the same thing Apostle Paul did. First, he outlined what was the direct commandment from The Lord. Once that was established he clearly stated that what he was about to say was not a commandment. He then gave the best advice he could based on the wisdom of God in his own heart.

That's how we handle divorce and remarriage now. The same way Apostle Paul did it. We outline the commandment first then we address people's personal situations and give them the best advice we could give them based on the wisdom of The Holy Ghost within us. If Apostle Paul drew a hard line and just quoted what Jesus said, he would not have given the concession for Christian spouses to divorce unsaved spouses who walked out on them. However, he did just that. He was an Apostle so he dealt with people like a father. He loved them and did his best to help them deal with their issues in a Godly way. He was not a Pharisee. We must be willing to understand God's heart in dealing with people's lives but we must be sure not to confuse Godly advice with a command from God. What's The Bible's position on Divorce and Remarriage? It depends! The command is no divorce or remarriage without adultery. Now let's address your situation and see how The Holy Spirit directs us.

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