Friday, August 23, 2019

“How Can Something So Good Cause So Much Pain?”

There is no more beautiful scene than a couple looking into each other’s eyes, repeating their wedding vows. There is little more tragic than to see those same two people months or years later screaming at each other with looks of hate. Marriage is one of the mysterious ironies of life. It can bring the greatest of joys, it can also rip apart our hearts.

Some have become so cynical about marriage that they have openly declared it a thing of the past, an antiquated ritual of history which should give way to an open view of family and sexual relationships for which there are no moral regulations other than mutual consent.

It is essential for Christians in these times of changing morality to go back to the basics of what God has revealed about human relationships. And he is not silent. Already in the second chapter of the first book of the Bible we learn about God’s intention for marriage. What we find is clear, specific and most of all, for our ultimate happiness. Contrary to what some may propose, happiness is not getting or doing what we want. No, it is becoming what God created us to be, to fulfill our purpose for existing. When we see God’s instructions on marriage from that perspective, our eyes begin to be open to the blessings God intends for us.

If you are confused by what you’re hearing about sexuality and marriage, the wisest thing you can do is go back to the One who started both. What was meant to be so good doesn’t have to also include so much pain. God offers you that incredible option.

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.