2 Chronicles 19
REPROOF AND DETERMINATION
As a stark contrast to the attitude of Ahab, we now find Jehoshaphat in a similar situation. When Ahab was reproved by God's prophet, his reaction was to hate the prophet. No matter what was said to him, it did not seem to change his way of life, but intensified his dislike of the truth.
Jehoshaphat, on the other hand, did not let God's reproof affect him in a negative way at all. Instead, Jehoshaphat's next recorded action was to go throughout Judah and Israel teaching the people about the LORD and urging them to turn back to him. He made sure that the leaders and teachers he appointed were wholeheartedly committed to the LORD themselves. It was as if God's message to Jehoshaphat gave him even more determination to do what was right than he had before. He had failed once, he was going to make sure that neither he, nor anyone else in his kingdom, would fail again.
Let's make sure that God's words to us affect us in the same way. Let's not get depressed because we fail, but learn from our mistakes and resolve even more strongly to commit our lives to the LORD and live for him.
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Help! I Married A Sinner!
Haven't you read ... that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
Matthew 19 v 4 - 6
Oh no! I married a sinner! And Sharon has done even worse because she married a worse sinner! How are two imperfect, selfish people, who both lack in love and self control supposed to keep their marriage together?
A few weeks ago we asked the question, What is one significant factor that has had the most positive impact on your marriage? Of the answers we got, the one that cropped up most regularly in various different ways was having God in the marriage. We would agree. No one but God can take two unlovely, selfish sinners and create a beautiful and lasting union with them.
And what's more, there is no greater anchor for commitment to marriage than that of two people who pledge themselves to living by God's superior principles for life and for marriage.
So what are some ways we can bring God and his blessing into our marriages? Here are some suggestions:
We have all married sinners, but when one as powerful, loving and perfect as God binds us together, we can become much more, much better than the sum of our two imperfect parts.