New Believers Bible - Flipbook - Page 119
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4. Keeping Your Marriage Strong. God promises punishment to those
who commit adultery or lead immoral lives (see Hebrews 13:4, page 1122).
5. Divorce Is Not Part of God’s Plan. Jesus teaches that marriage is meant
to be a lifelong commitment (see Mark 10:2-12, page 886).
6. A Christian Should Not Leave a Non-Christian Spouse. An
unbelieving husband or wife should not be abandoned, but loved (see
1 Corinthians 7:12-16, page 1034).
7. Marriage Is Not for Everyone. Although God blesses many with
marriage, some are given a calling or ability to remain single (see
1 Corinthians 7:1-40, page 1032).
8. Marriage Is for Companionship. While God has given some the ability
to remain happily single, he has given others the gift of a companion for life
(see Proverbs 18:22, page 556).
9. There Is an Intimacy in Marriage That Can Be Found Nowhere
Else. God wants you to have a fulfilling, enjoyable sex life within the
parameters of marriage (see Song of Songs 4:1–5:1, page 580).
10. A Strong Marriage Is an Ideal Environment for Raising Godly
Children. Those children who see their parents united by their love for
God and one another have a distinct advantage over those who do not
(see Malachi 2:15, page 830).
God’s plan is to build, strengthen, and protect the family. Satan’s plan is to
undermine, weaken, and destroy it. Make no mistake: Satan has declared war
on the family. Tragically, many of us have been willing accomplices. Why?
Because the bulk of the problems in our culture today can be directly traced
to the breakdown of the family or to homes in which biblical principles are
ignored or disobeyed. This not only includes husbands and wives splitting
apart but also “alternative families,” such as homosexual marriages and
“live-in” lovers. Such relationships will never be blessed or honored by God,
for they are clearly outside the parameters of his will. It has been said, “A
family can survive without a country, but a country cannot survive without
Fortunately, there is hope. The Bible gives us specific guidelines to follow
when it comes to parenting. If they are put into practice, we will see amazing
results. See what the Bible has to say about raising children who love and revere
the Lord in a world that is often hostile to God and his values.