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8 Lies that Destroy the Marriage Covenant :: Bill Elliff

1. PURPOSE
LIE: My happiness is the supreme goal of marriage (God just wants me happy!).
TRUTH: God’s glory and others good is the goal of marriage.

“Whatever you do, in word or deed, do all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

2. AFFECTION
LIE: When love is gone, the marriage is over.
TRUTH: Loss of love teaches me to access God’s love.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love…” (Galatians 5:22)

3. MORALITY
LIE: My private immorality doesn’t affect my marriage.
TRUTH: Oneness is hijacked by sexual immorality.

“Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 7:16-18)

4. PAST
LIE: A wrong start justifies a wrong step (divorce).
TRUTH: It’s never right (or helpful) to do wrong.

“God can work all things together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28)

5. FAILURE
LIE: A sinful failure demands divorce.
TRUTH: God can fix our failures.

“Forgive one another just as God, in Christ, has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32)

6. DIFFERENCES
LIE: Incompatibility justifies divorce.
TRUTH: My mate’s weaknesses are the pathway to my growth.

“…put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone…” (Colossians 3:12-13)

7. OUTCOMES
LIE: Breaking the covenant won’t hurt me or my children.
TRUTH: Wrong choices affect everything and everyone.

“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)

8. HOPE
LIE: There are some marriages God can’t fix.
TRUTH: If both spouses cooperate, any marriage is fixable.

“All things are possible with God.” (Matthew 10:27)

http://thesummitchurch.org/blogs/billelliff

Author:Bill Elliff
Issue:Volume 11 :: Issue 15

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