Let me just start by saying I think the Lord has really opened my eyes to forgiveness and his desire for his children to have the same heart he does.

He tells us that David is a man after his own heart even though in David’s lifetime he is a murderer and an adulterous. God gave not only his people as a whole a covenant but individuals as well. With David, God was still faithful to make him great dispite is inadequacy. It’s absolutely incredible to think about the possibilities God creates for us to make him look glorious even when we sin. I’m amazed how in everything its the same concept; its the fact that God chose David, not that David was a great king. David made some huge mistakes, committed some sins that effected a lot of people.

God created a covenant with David that is not based on David’s obedience but God’s faithfulness to his will. Obedience doesnt create our identities, obedience is an overflow from our identity in Christ. Its so crazy how much we forget about little things that the Lord intended for us.

Do you ever think about the fact that every relationship on this earth is supposed to model the relationship Christ has with his bride (or with the church)? The pastor at the church I attended this morning said that, and I was convicted at my own selfishness. I continually seek after relationships that satify me, not the Lord. I am friends with people who build me up, love me, make me look good, make me laugh, entertain me, give me stuff, encourage me, help me, cherish me, compliment me, and help me in one way or another. Now thease aren’t bad things, but when its soley what we seek after it becomes more than a selfish act.

This worls the same with marriage. Marriage was not designed for you to be loved, feel loved, pleasure, children, or having fun. Marriage was designed to sanctify you, help you see more of Jesus, grow closer to him and fulfill the calling the Lord has placed on your life. A healthy, God-honoring relationship that puts Christ at the center allows for all of those things mentioned above, but those are not what the Lord created it for. The marriage covenant is the greatest picture on earth God gave us to see how he loves the Church. People today in our culture treat marriage as a contract, easily able to break with side steps like a pre-nup that allows us to secure our own interests in this deal. Marriage vows that proclaim for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, mainly talk about selfless love, that requires nothing from the other partner. why are we constantly acting as if marriage is there to serve us? ITS NOT!! It’s there to serve Christ and to allows us to see more of our sin that we may recognize his holiness and bow at his feet in humble adoration; not seek self satisfaction.

I’m embarassed to say many of my relationships serve me more than they serve christ, but i’m a work in progress. Everyday I learn more about serving the God I love in new ways. This week I want to focus on ways to serve others. The pastor also talked about desiring Christ-like behavior in terms of being made new. A lot of the times in biblical days your name would change when you were made new like Saul to Paul. My name, (Samantha) means to listen, and since I’ve always been a talker, this week it is my focus to listen. I want to be who the Lord created me to be, there is power in words, in names and therefore I want to listen to that of what the Lord has called me and what others have to say.

Although I am not married, and probably far from it, I really want to listen to where the Lord wants me. I want to follow his command in that my relationships here on earth should model him. A lot of them don’t and I really want to seek to be a proverbs 31 woman. I want to respect my future husband by treating my guy friends with respect now. Part of that is listening to the Lord in his calling for us to be pure.

Most people think that being pure is just physically. Its not!! Being pure is physicall but also both mentally and emotionally. Although we as women can stray far from touch and the presence of guys we can build lots of things up in our head.

Preparing for marriage and faithfulness begins long before the vows take place, and the rings are exchanged. It starts with building a foundation of loving the Lord in all things, and above all things prior to the relationship. It’s not even surprising how high the divorce rate is these days, with any excuse, if one at all because the foundation relationships are built on is not the Lord. They are most commonly built on selfish, self-satisfying desires that only build up self and frequently let us down because they aren’t satisfying.

I’m excited to talk about marraige and divorce based on unfaithfulness because forgiveness has been laid on my heart. I don’t currently feel the need to search and search for resources to back up what I believe because Christ has said enough. I could talk on scripture alone for far beyond the required length of our presentation but look forward to seeing more of what I can find, and what the Lord will continue to reveal to me.

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