Our family’s Bible reading plan currently has us in Mark. On Friday, we read chapter 10. The first half of this chapter brings as much controversy as it did when Jesus walked on the earth.
Read it for yourself. Mark 10:1-12 – And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.
2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” 5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
This is not about condemning those who are divorced. Some of those individuals have been tormented physically and emotionally. We should pray for their healing.
My thoughts today are surrounded with the things in my own life that I have justified out of the hardness of my heart. All of us are guilty of having one at different times in life.
Here is one indication that you might have a little hardness in your heart. Have you changed the rules concerning something in your life?
We try to change the rules that are inconvenient for our lives, our wishes, our agenda and so on. Changing the rules distorts the truth in our lives. Changing the rules allows for unacceptable practices to become acceptable. Changing the rules desensitizes our ability to hear the Spirit speaking into our lives. Changing the rules brings generational curses upon your family.
The phrase in verse 6 should provide hope for each of us, “But from the beginning of creation…” Knowing that I don’t create the rules brings hope and peace into my life. We have a responsibility to stay within God never-changing rules.
Here are four ways to remain within God’s rules.
- Read your Bible every day. If you don’t have a reading plan, you will not read your Bible. If you need a plan, you can join the plan our family is reading here.
- Spend time in prayer every day. Of course, the more time we pray, the more sensitive we will be to God’s voice. What if you devoted stop signs and red lights as prayer opportunities? How would your prayer time grow?
- Stop getting your news from social media. Social media is a great way to encourage our friends and keep up with those we don’t see often, but social agendas are communicated and promoted very easily. Do not allow social media to harden your heart.
- Stop being a negative person. I believe our negativity compromises God’s rules. In our negativity, we can change God’s rules without knowing. I encourage you to memorize Ephesians 4:29 and make that your verse for 2018.