Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Job 35, 36; 1 Corinthians 7, 8
Here is my SOAP for today, Saturday, November 10, 2018
Job 35 Elihu continues his verbal assault on Job… 16 “So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words.”
Job 36 More “insight” from Elihu…
1 Corinthians 7:32 “I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided.
1 Corinthians 8:1 “Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.”
1 Corinthians 8 sounds a lot like Romans 14 regarding eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols. The concept of not becoming a “stumbling block” to one who is weaker in faith.
(I’m really ready to move on from Job…) Ready to get to the final two chapters where God redeems Job’s situation.
1 Corinthians 7 is probably the primary text in the Bible about divorce. Paul (and the Lord?) gives an out for divorce if the spouse who is leaving is not a believer. Basically, he says, “Let them go.” When Jesus addressed divorce, he referred to Moses, that Moses permitted a certificate of divorce (only) because their hearts were hard. That staying married is the goal. Actually, “staying married” is not the goal… keeping our covenant is the goal.
People often say, “God wants me to be happy” or, “God doesn’t want me to live in this abusive situation.” There are elements of truth in both of those statements… but applying human thinking to God is faulty thinking. Our “happiness” is not the goal. Our obedience is the goal. Should one stay in an abusive situation? Obviously not… but giving room for repentance and restoration should be the goal in order for us to keep our marriage vows. Separation is a solid option while working through issues.
I really think that we, as modern Christians fail to fully comprehend what it means to enter into a covenant relationship. It’s more of a limited legal contract these days.
Please don’t hear me saying one should just blindly stay in an abusive relationship. Obviously there needs to be some distance in those situations. I just think people are pretty quick to check out of a marriage without giving room for repentance and forgiveness to take place.
And, yes… I get that ultimately people have to decide what is best or necessary in their situation.
(Wouldn’t it be great if men actually loved our wives as Christ loved the church? And if wives understood and supported their husbands as the church does Christ?)
I get asked pretty often, typically by someone who is looking for a way out… about divorce and what the Bible says about divorce. Especially when one has been unfaithful… unfaithfulness is the primary “out” for divorce to happen. Understandably so.
I always leave room for forgiveness, reconciliation and healing.
Lord, be with all the couples who are struggling in their marriages… Infuse hope in their situations and surround them with people who will love them through the difficult times.