Matthew 5:31-32

Readers, it’s been awhile. Besides my lack of writing consistently I broke a bone in my thumb which makes typing zero fun. I have challenged myself  to write something today. My cast comes off August 15th.  I am ready. You really begin to appreciate your ability to type, play guitar, brush your teeth, and button your dress shirts with no hindrances.

Here we go:
“” It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.”

But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.””

Two recent  encounters come to mind concerning this passage. I recently heard a person say that their child was going through a divorce. It was shared so matter-of-fact that I wonder now if this person understood Our Lord’s teaching. He portrayed a sense of satisfaction then stated that they had slowly drifted apart. What in the world kind of explanation is that? This week I was in a conversation with two people at the bagel cafe and as we talked the conversation went to a place where one of the people, a grandmother, speaking about her grandson and his recent marriage stated, “I hope it works out.”

It amazes me that we all seem dumbfounded when the issue of divorce arises. We are all in situations in our work and life where divorce is close to home. We don’t want to speak out of turn about the issue. We have become numb to it. It no longer shocks, it no longer moves us. We don’t want to be “that Christian” as if speaking truth automatically makes you legalistic. Wrong.

Jesus Christ speaks about the husband and wife as a picture of Christ and His Church neither of which should be divorced. Though sin crouches at the door, that should not cause us to throw in the towel. Divorce as an option should still cause us to fight. It should  cause us to cry out to God for mercy. Yes, His grace is sufficient but not at the expense of more and more immorality and sin.

Jesus Christ is crystal clear in this passage. His is consistent throughout the Bible. God has permitted, for his purposes, certificates of divorce BUT this is not a license to consider it an option. God knows the hard hardheartedness of men. He has made allowance for it. Why? I don’t know but something tells me it concerns his common grace toward all men.

If there is GRACE ENOUGH to save a dead soul there is GRACE ENOUGH to save a marriage.

Matthew 5:23-24

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

If you’ve ever left something at home and realized it as you drove away you remember having that “ummmm” moment. How we react speaks volumes. What we choose to do speaks volumes too. If it’s important we immediately turn around and go back home and get that thing we forgot. If it is not that important we debate in our mind whether going back is actually worth it. Our inner dialogue begins. We wait to see who or what wins out.

Jesus is after the heart. He is after our hearts. How we view others, react to others, and love others is vitally important. Jesus says that love sums up the Law and the Prophets. Translated, this is a big deal.

All of us attend church with other things on our minds. Often times it revolves around food or our tasks once we arrive. How often do we stop to do a heart check; to ask God if we have left any relationship, any conversation, which is in need of repair, unresolved? Remember, Jesus is after the heart. Our passage seems to say that the gift is important but the reconciled relationship takes precedent.

Now in our world of go, go, go we can’t fathom turning the car around on our way to church to heal a broken relationship. What we can do instead is work diligently to keep our relationships dedicated to and surrounded with Jesus. Don’t leave the scene of the crime, the accident, without repair. Don’t go be religious and forget the great commands of Jesus.

As we let Jesus live through us He will help us with this. As we keep our relationships whetted in Christ we won’t need to fret about such things. The more WE do to keep our relationships afloat the less we allow Jesus to engage, rearrange, heal, and bless those that we love and those we love to be with.

His Sermon is less about what we do and more about what He can and will do. Will you let Him? Will you let Jesus live His Life through you?

Matthew 5:4

Matthew 5:4

4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

A Prayer …

Father God, this life brings moments of mourning.

Death, lies, evil, sadness exist and we know this far to well.

We come to you for comfort because You Comfort Well.

You are our rest.

Father God we mourn over the sin in our hearts and ask your forgiveness.

We repent.

Yes LORD, you comfort your children.

We praise You today and only You today. 

Amen and Amen.