Mar. 19- Ch. 19

I think it is interesting that when Jesus tells the Pharisees divorce was not God’s intention, the disciples respond by saying, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” In other words if I can’t divorce my wife when I want to, it is better not to have one.  That seems very self-centered to me.  But I guess that should not be surprising because that is the major sin of humankind.

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3 Responses to Mar. 19- Ch. 19

  1. Sharon Owen says:

    The Message goes on at some length on this topic: “Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. [then he talks about reasons people don’t get married] But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it” If we took that to heart in our society!

    I recently did a Kid’s Korner lesson and in the process felt I had to come up with a definition of “love”. God helped me to see that love, any kind of love, can be defined by “caring more about the other person than you do yourself”. I think this applies to “growing into the largeness of marriage”.

    I have begun to understand why Jesus talked about the difficulty of living the Godly life as a rich person. Most of us don’t have to worry about being really rich, but it is still the case that many of us live far better than we have to. It is an obstacle because it is our focus–and how much harder if you have a LOT of money! I know this is an issue in my own thoughts and actions.

  2. Terri Becker says:

    It seems that throughout this passage, mankind’s innate search for a shortcut, or the easy way out surfaces. When the disciples say it may be better not to marry, they are suggesting the easy way out rather than the work it takes to make it work…When Jesus told the young man to keep the commandments in order to enter life, the young man wanted to know which ones. Again, a shortcut. Surely Jesus couldn’t have meant ALL of them…It struck me that although most of us won’t have the burden of being rich, we do have so much stuff. And for many of us, including me, it would be hard to give up all of it. Although if it was required of me I could do it, I am way too attached to things that have no lasting value. Sharon, I like your wording regarding “growing into the largeness of marriage.” It takes a lot of grace and Christ’s love expressed through us to make a marriage work, and be a happy one. Marriage isn’t for wimps. It takes a lot of work because we are so self-centered by nature.

  3. Randy says:

    I think shortcuts have become a way of life for many. And that is unfortunate.

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