Living a Practical Christian life in an Impractical World
Explorations of Grace by Bob Belford
God is love.
God is love and His love, like Him, is longsuffering. God’s love is patient. Human love is too often like a light switch, up today, down tomorrow. It is as fickle as a breeze in the fall. We cannot tell which way the wind will blow until we feel it and that can change any minute
God is love and His love, like Him, is longsuffering. God’s love is patient.
Human love is too often like a light switch, up today, down tomorrow. It is as fickle as a breeze. We cannot tell which way the wind will blow until we feel it and that can change any moment.
As of 2017, approximately of adults in the U.S. were married. This is a from the all-time high of in 1960.
Despite the fact that the rate of marriage is declining faster than rates of divorce, experts predict that somewhere between 40 and 50% of all marriages existing today will ultimately end in divorce.
Marriage vows do not seek to stick as they once did. There word has gone to pre-nuptial arrangements that are more comfortable to the couples then the old idea of:
“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live.”
Fingers are crossed psychologically when couples give and receive the vows of marriage. The main question seems to be what am I going to get out of this relationship. But God’s love does not work like that. It is long suffering. It holds when things go wrong. The real question in a Christian marriage is not about we might get, but what can we give for the emotional, spiritual, physical development of our spouse.
A Christian marriage is blessed of God and based on vows made between one man and one woman before God. That is not a popular thing to say in the 21st Century but it is a biblical fact based on the will of God.
It is equally disconcerting that so many churches are growing based on migrations rather than baptisms. What is that about? How has that come to be? People some to and leave church families based on preference. God help us to come back to the old way of church membership based on calling. I am a member of my local church family because God called me there and am a member of the invisible church because God place me there.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 1 Cor 12:12–18
Why do most children leave the church as soon as they leave home? Is it because they see too much hypocrisy in places of worship? Has the body of Christ lost her sense of longsuffering and picked up the worldly way of personal preference and practical presumptions. Local membership is now based on a list of preferences that must be checked off regularly by the light-footed migrating member.
Where are those members of the body of Christ who moved on because they did not like the color of the carpet, the changes in music, the personality of the new pastor, or the length of services? They have come part of the great migration and have forgotten the holy mandate to love and to cherish. God’s love is not only longsuffering and kind; it is also humble, not proud, it is not selfish but generous. It rejoices in truth and the truth is that none of us are perfect. God’s love bears all things! Isn’t this the way we should love in the church and in our homes?
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35