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Marital issues in John 3:16 (part 3)

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Marital issues in John 3:16 (part 3)

 

7. SHOULD NOT PERISH: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him SHOULD NOT PERISH but have everlasting life.” God’s intention is that if we believe in him, we should not perish. There is no reason why a husband or wife who is possessed by the spirit of the resurrected Jesus, should marry, and that marriage eventually fails. Jesus Christ and his nature have nothing to do with failure. Jesus Christ and his salvation form a total package.

He died so that we should not perish, fail or suffer unnecessarily in any endeavour. Jesus Christ’s nature represents excellence, wisdom, marital success, business success, skilfulness, purity, fruitful work and even, holiness. Christianity ought to be a license to a joyful marriage rather than a troubled one.

If it is not so, one or both parties have some explanations to make. God never sent us into this world to perish or suffer unnecessarily. In Jeremiah 1:5, God said: “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb. I knew you.” He sent you into this world for a purpose. Failure to discover God’s purpose is the problem.

Why should you get married without consulting or carrying along, the creator of both you and the person you are to marry? Many married people are suffering today either because they made the wrong choices or made the right choice but went through the wrong procedure that contradicted divine instructions.

Some others are suffering because they just refused to listen to or involve God in their marital affairs, even in the midst of crisis. If you are this person, I want you to know that Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection were intended to ensure that you find joy in your marital life. See Jeremiah 29:11. So, it will pay you if you seek to discover God’s purpose for your life and his will in your marriage. Don’t just do what you see the people of this world do.

Copy cart life does not produce self fulfilment. Only Jesus can give you satisfaction and deliver you from suffering here on earth, and from perishing in hell fire. Many people may end up in hell fire just because of marriage. May your own marriage lead you to heaven in Jesus name! 8. HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.” Only a few people today exceed 100 years before departure from this world.

The life beyond is more important. We came with nothing and we will go naked with nothing. So, it is phony when you invite someone to give his or her heart to Christ and the person says: “Hold on. I am still young and yet to marry. Let me enjoy my life first.”

What a display of ignorance! If Christ is to appear today to take his people, is he going to give you a sign or take permission from you or consider your marriage target or whatever target you have in life? We are talking about the owner of your life who has the prerogative to decide whether or not you will ever marry anybody. “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

“But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and fornicators and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8) Who are the other people that may face God’s wrath? If you are tormenting your spouse emotionally or physically, God is not happy with you.

If you have refused to forgive your spouse a particular offence, your heavenly father will also refuse to forgive you your own offences, according to Jesus Christ in Matthew 6:15. Besides, Bible says “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26).

This means that as long as you have that grudge against your spouse, there is no relation-ship with God because there is no love, and God is love. In that case, your prayer is just noise making and fruitless exercise. So, reconcile differences with your spouse so that you will not miss everlasting life. The heavenly lifestyle is to be practised from here on earth. Otherwise, you will be a stranger there.

May you not miss heaven in Jesus name. Amen. Let us see John 3:17. “For God sent not his son to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.” The ultimate purpose of Jesus’ death and resurrection was to deliver you from sin and ensure you make heaven. He did not come to condemn you. So, maybe you have been cheating on, lying to, maltreating, defrauding or even deceiving your spouse. You don’t like doing this.

You have regretted your actions several times but you found yourself doing it again after regrets. You are the reason for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He shed his blood on the cross for you and that blood carries mercy. He wants to save you from sin only on one condition; if you believe.

See Romans 10:9. So, are you ready to embrace Christ’s salvation from sin so that you gain eternal life at the end? Are you ready to be a godly husband or wife from today so that you will become God’s friend rather than his enemy? This is an opportunity for you.

Please, if you do not believe what the Bible says, then throw it away and stop carrying it every Sunday. Don’t parade what you don’t believe. Jesus truly saves. Believe, obey God’s word and enjoy your marriage in Jesus name! Amen.

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