When we see what God’s has to say about the subjects of marriage, divorce, parenting, etc., it is sometimes easy to check out because we feel condemned. We know we fall short of the ideal. We don’t measure up.
The question we have to ask ourselves is, “Am I willing to embrace God’s standards, a standard we have all fallen short of, or will I turn my back on what’s ideal in favor of what is real?”
This principle applies across the board. Last week we looked at how it applies to divorce. Maybe you’re not divorced, but have you violated God’s standard in other areas (how you speak, act or live)?
I am thankful that as the standards go higher, the grace of God goes deeper. I am thankful that his grace is broad enough, wide enough and deep enough that we will never exhaust the supply.
So, the question is, do we strive for the ideal, or do we try to lower the standard? Do we shoot for a 10 knowing that if we come up with an 8, 5 or even a 3, the grace of God will be there to make up the difference? Or, will we opt for trying to change the rules? Will we decide that certain verses don’t apply in our situation so we can create a system and a view of family that is comfortable?
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