Information overload! That’s what we experience on a daily basis. The world is connected as has never before been the case. Satellite television beams current events around the world instantaneously. No need to go to a theater to see a movie anymore; just pull up the latest releases on Pay-Per-View or On-Demand. If you like to read, download an e-book on your tablet.
Information is power! But only if the information is listened to and heeded. Many people receive valuable information that can help them in a variety of ways, but instead of paying attention to it and implementing it into their lives, they ignore it. As a result, they do not benefit from its value at all. Endless examples could be cited.
The word “gospel” means “good news.” It is a generic word but has come to be used, nearly exclusively, in reference to the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus brought the message of salvation from Heaven to man on earth. The message is universal in that it is meant for all mankind. At the same time, it is very personal; every human being must ultimately learn and accept it on an individual basis, one person at a time.
Rounded off, there is one divorce granted for every two marriages performed in our nation today, and it has been that way for decades. Following is a list of what could be called Rules Of Thumb for A Good Marriage And A Happy Home. While not fool-proof, if followed consistently they will provide a much greater likelihood that a couple will maintain a good, happy, fulfilling marriage. The scripture references cited are usually not in a context that discusses marriage in particular, but the principles brought out in those texts can be properly applied to the marriage relationship.
God hates divorce! "For the LORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce…” (Mal. 2:16). That is an emphatic statement. Yet statistics state that there is almost one divorce granted for every two marriages joined in our country today, and it has been pretty much that way for decades. Why would so many people do something that God hates?
What is the definition of love? Ask three different people, and you’ll likely get three different definitions. For most people love is largely subjective, based on their personal feelings and experiences. As such love is almost impossible to define objectively. Indeed, it may be easier to describe it than to define it. The most comprehensive definition is found in scripture: “…God is love.” (1 Jn. 4:8).
Somebody recently expressed to me their observation on the attitude of a lot of people pertaining to getting married: “It’s about like buying a pair of shoes. If this pair doesn’t work out, they’ll go buy another pair. If this marriage doesn’t work out, they’ll go get another husband or wife.” While it might not be quite that flippant, I’d say that’s a pretty accurate depiction of the careless attitude of many folks pertaining to marriage.
Why should a man and woman get married? Several answers to this question will be offered from the perspective of a man and woman who are capable of handling the responsibilities of marriage and who are scripturally qualified to be married.
It’s impressive to observe what all a bride-to-be, and usually her mother, go through for several months to get ready for her upcoming wedding. In fact, it’s almost mind boggling to consider all of the minute details that go into planning a wedding.
Marriage is one of the great blessings bestowed upon mankind by God. God uniquely created man and woman to go together, to complete one another. It is fascinating to contemplate God fashioning the woman from a bone from the man’s own body (Gen. 2:21-23). God personally brought the woman to the man, and from the beginning that union was recognized as marriage: Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife…” (vs. 24). Marriage is not a product of some supposed social evolutionary process, it is by God’s purposeful design.
Gary L. Hutchens