Monday, 13 June 2011

God Has Insider Information

What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.
Mark 10:9 NASB

A recent blog from FamilyLife revealed “that research has shown that about two-thirds of all divorces today are occurring in low-conflict marriages. That is, they're ending without a death blow like infidelity or physical abuse. Instead, a couple simply accumulates enough disagreement and disharmony that they begin believing that the best option for doing away with the headaches is just to do away with the marriage.”

The blog went on to say that one researcher said, “that if a couple can find as little as 20 percent of their marriage that they would call satisfactory, they have a better than 90 percent chance of making their marriage better in two years--if they stick with it, if they keep fighting, if they don't give up and throw in the towel too soon.”

Other studies would lead couples to the same conclusion. One study included couples who divorced and couples who had seriously considered divorce but decided to stick it out. Their findings were that five years later those who had divorced were much less happy than those who decided to stick it out. Additional studies show that second marriages are 60% likely to end in divorce.

I know this is farfetched but is it possible that God might know best? Is it conceivable that He has a reason for telling us that we should not divorce? Is there any chance He has a purpose in bringing together people who are dissimilar in their perspectives on life?

How about this for a litmus test? If you can identify one couple who has
1. put Christ at the center of their marriage,
2. become other centered,
3. consistently prayed together and for one another,
4. accepted that the purpose of their marriage is to glorify God
5. demonstrated the love and respect for one another as God has spelled it out in Ephesians 5:21-33

and is considering a divorce then obviously God does not know best, there is no good reason not to divorce and God had nothing in mind when he allowed two dissimilar people to marry.

Please let me know if you are aware of such a couple, I’d love to talk to them.

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