Marriage was ordained by God to be a life-long commitment of a man and woman. A wedding makes this commitment public, and the ceremony should include, “What God has joined together let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6; Genesis 2:21-25). This is God’s way. It is also the way for a stable society and secure children. Educators and Law enforcement report far fewer problems with children from stable marriages.
An alarming trend is that “boyfriends” and “girlfriends” are living like married people without the public commitment of a wedding. Those accused of child abuse are often “boyfriends.” Problems of “girlfriends” and “boyfriends” are the subject of most family advice columns. God is not keeping you from having fun. He is seeking your highest good by ordaining marriage, saying, “You shall not commit adultery.” Along with the commandment he also provides forgiveness and the power to forgive through His Son, Jesus Christ.
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When King David was told the consequences of his sin–murder within his own family, enemies arise from his own family, what you did secretly will be done openly against you–David said, “I have sinned.” David had indeed sinned. He committed adultery. To keep his sin covered he sent the husband, Uriah, into battle where he was killed (2 Samuel 11,12). In this way he murdered. Yet when David repented and confessed, Nathan the prophet said, “The Lord also has put away your sin. You shall not die.”
Unless David were forgiven, he had the sentence of death upon him. This is true of all humanity. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
David’s sins are common to our times: sexual sins, murder (especially of the unborn), living lies. Consequences such as disease, broken homes, and rebellious children, come upon us so that we may say, “I have sinned.” Only then can one hear the Word, “The Lord has put away your sin. You shall not die.” King David’s greater descendent, Jesus Christ, “Redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). The worst of sinners can say, “In Jesus I have forgiveness.”
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