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For Wednesday evening services, the Lord has lead me to do a Bible study for practical Bible verses in Matthew. Please come back to these Bible lessons in order to review them and learn them. Whenever we have learned the meaning of Bible verses and think about them throughout each day, we will be in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Not only that, but when we are in a situation in our daily lives and are tempted to sin, we can think back to what we have learned from the Bible and say to ourselves, "The Bible says to not do what I am tempted to say, think, do, and/or desire right now, so I am going to refuse to give in to this temptation." This is what Romans 12:2 means, and it says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." This is also the pattern that Jesus used when the devil tempted Him to sin in Matthew 4:1-11.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
1And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan; 2And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
3The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Since a husband and wife are no longer two but one, they should remain together.) 7They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? 8He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. 9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery (A man commits adultry if he marries a woman who has been divorced. However, if she divorced her former husband because he had sexual relations with another woman, she can marry another man.). (A man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultry; however, he is allowed to divorce his wife if she has sexual relations with another man. Another situation where it seems divorce is allowed is when a non-Christian husband or wife leaves their Christian spouse (1 Corinthians 7:15). In either case, though, it is a good idea for the Christian to forgive their spouse and try to save their marriage, if their spouse is willing to try. Although, what does someone do if their spouse is physically or mentally abusing them or trying to kill them? Someone who does this to people is breaking the law. The person being abused doesn't have to let that happen, but the Bible doesn't allow the person to divorce their abusing spouse. But, the Bible doesn't say that the person who is abused can't seperate from their spouse and seek protection.)
10His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb (males who were born without the ability to have children): and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men (males who aren't able to have children due to injury): and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. (These are Christians who decide not to marry so they can devote themselves to following Jesus without any distractions. This is the path Paul chose, and in 1 Corinthians 7:7-9 he encourages Christians to do the same, if they are able to control themselves from burning with lust.) He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. (God hasn't planned for everyone to be married.)
If you have prayed or made a decision to become a Christian, but you have divorced your former spouse for any reason other than what was covered in this message and married someone else, God is able to forgive you. So, ask God to forgive you for that, and seek to have a good relationship with your former spouse. If you have divorced your former spouse, but you haven't married someone else, seek to remarry your former spouse if they haven't married someone else.
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