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Davidisms - Lock the Door from the Outside

It’s the most important marriage tip I’ve ever given to couples: Lock the door from the outside. God created marriage as a covenant promise between a man and a woman. An inseparable union in which two individual people become one flesh (Gen. 2:24). No longer operating autonomously, but instead as a newborn unit of one. Breakable only by death. It was God’s original intent and desire for marriage. Jesus said so (Matt. 19:4-6). If you are divorced, please don’t burden yourself with shame for your entire life. Though God hates divorce (Mal. 2:16), he doesn’t hate those who have been divorced. He loves us all. All Christians have laid our guilt, shame, and pain on Jesus and his cross. His grace makes us new creations, the old passing away and the new coming into our hearts (2 Cor. 5:16). But just imagine if a husband and wife did indeed lock the door to their marriage from the outside. And chose to love, not hate. Forgive, not be bitter. Serve, not criticize. Give, not get. There’d be far fewer divorces. And more happiness in marriage.

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