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February 10, 2006
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Part 2

BOUNDARIES DEFINE RESPONSIBILITY

Boundaries help people clarify how to take responsibility for their lives before God. They also help people under the extent and limits of their responsibilities to others.

God is clear about His purposes and tasks. He creates and maintains the universe (Genesis 1:1; Col.1:17), seeks and saves the lost (Luke 19:10), and keeps His promises (Numbers 23: 19). He also knows what is not His responsibility. He is not responsible for evil (Job 34:10), confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), or temptation (James 1:13).

We also are to take responsibility over our lives by setting boundaries to, for example, guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23), take up our crosses (Luke 9:23), be good stewards (Matthew 25:14-30), and grow the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23).

Boundaries help us to know our responsibilities to others. We are to love others, but without rescuing or enabling them (Leviticus 19:15; Proverbs 19:19; 2 Thessalonians. 3:10). We are to know when to protect ourselves from the sin or immaturity of others (Proverbs 22:3; Matthew 7:6) and when to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39). We are to confront and provide consequences for those who are hurtful or irresponsible (Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5). Boundaries help us to become a conduit for God's truth, justice, and discipline. When clear boundaries are not kept, relationships can deteriorate in destructive ways.

BOUNDARIES PROTECT FREEDOM

Boundaries preserve the freedom to choose God's paths. We can only truly love God and others when we are free.

God uses boundaries to establish His freedom, His independence. No one instructs Him (Isaiah 40:13, 14). He makes choices because He knows they are the right choices. He is free to say no to our requests (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

Boundaries protect our freedom with othher people. We can freely choose to submit our lives to God, no matter what others say (Joshua 24:15). We can choose our paths and have personal preferences and opinions. Freedom has consequences, however. We are free to move away from God, as well as toward Him. Boundaries give us freedom, but we need to use our freedom to look forward to the path He has for us, instead of back at the old ways.

DEVELOPING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES

Perhaps we have found that love does not flow freely from us to God or to another person. Perhaps we are taking responsibility for someone else’s feelings. Or we suffer from a lack of freedom in our choices -- being controlled by our own conflicts or someone else's manipulation. Following are some suggestions for developing boundaries:

Become aware of areas of your life that show boundary problems and explore the roots of those conflicts.

Meet regularly with caring people who will tell the truth, say no, and help you set limits.

Take ownership of the problem rather than blaming others.

Give and receive forgiveness.

Risk telling the truth to God and to safe people in your life.

Set limits and establish consequences with those who are irresponsible or controlling.

Learn to give freely to those who legitimately need our help.

God knows these issues and has provided a solution through biblical boundaries. We can take Him at His word and begin to develop the ability to form our boundaries and stand firm within them.

FURTHER MEDITATION:

Other passages to study about the issue of boundaries include: Exodus 18:13-24;
Proverbs 10: 18; Matthew 5:37; 7:6; 18:15-20; 2 Corinthians 9:6, 7; Galatians 5:1-23; 6:1-7; Ephesians 4:25 .

taken from the Soul Care Bible.

February 10, 2006
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Mama

Boundaries preserve the freedom to choose God's paths. We can only truly love God and others when we are free

Thanks mamacinnamon, this is so true.
I realy need boundaries. This was great what you posted. I am working on myself.

I have been invited last Tuesday to go out with my "friends" ladies night.
I never go out to drinks etc. and it was terrible for me to handle this situation.
I even send the one friend roses today to say sorry that I did not go.
I feel like a sosial misfit.

I believe I am from this world but not part of it somehow.

Thanks again

Garfield

February 10, 2006
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Garfield:

I know how you feel. I never seem to quite fit in, but we are told that we live in this world, but are not of this world. Here are a few verses to ponder.

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
Romans 8:5-9

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.

You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. "In your anger do not sin" Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 4:17-5:2

February 11, 2006
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Mama

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Romans 8:5-9

This is true. I wish to be always controlled by the Spirit, but I am human... But I get what you are saying.

with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

I know this regarding my old self and to put on the new self.
It's just difficult as I am trying to make some friends. For me it has always been that I only have 'church' friends. I guess thats the only way.

Thanks so much for the reply.

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February 11, 2006
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My last two days I want to talk about trials. We all have them; we all don't like them. But we are to count it all joy as we go thru them. Hmmm.

Psalm 34:18 says...The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.

Trials are inevitable. Everyone experiences problems and pain.

The Bible figuratively describes it as "rain falling on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45). Believers can look at their trials in a different light, however. They know, as this psalm says, that the Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. Even more, however, believers can rejoice in their trials:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. (James 1:2, 3).

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
(1 Peter 1:6, 7).

Through trials God can work in our lives to make us more like Christ.

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Garfield:

I guess that's the only way.

No, not necessarily. The Bible does say to not be unequally yolked. Check out 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. (sorry cannot type it out, hands givin out.)

I think it is harder to have friends that are nonbelievers, but it can be done. I have friends that are believers and friends that are nonbelievers. I do have boundaries w/ my nonbeliever friends tho. And they have enough respect for me to not do the things that bother me that I do not do myself. Check out Romans 14:13-18. Example for me... I loved smoking cigarettes but I had to quit or die 4 years ago. So, my friends that smoke won't do it in the same room I am in. I didn't have to ask them to not smoke around me coz I am tempted. They just don't coz they respect that I want one if I smell one. See?

If my friends are gonna go out and have a "get drunk" night (none of them do so this is hypathetical) then I would not be goin w/ them. But if they are gonna go out dancing at a place that serves drinks.. I would sometimes go but I would not drink. So if you were to go would you feel obligated to drink along w/ them?

Hope that helped a bit. Can discuss more if you want to.

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Mama

I do have boundaries w/ my nonbeliever friends tho

This is my problem. i just realised.
Thanks, I know it is going to be hard for me and maybe I would be rejected, but this is better than getting all anxiety about it.

So if you were to go would you feel obligated to drink along w/ them?
Yes, Yes, Yes.

I like redwine but as I have never done this I was maybe affraid of myself. What if I drink too much?
Who is going to be driving?
Is this iresponsible of me if I think of my husband and children?

All this went thru my mind.

I do not want to loose the frienships, but maybe I should set my boundaries (for the first time in my life) and see what happens.

Thanks for the reply
I feel soooooo much better

(((((Garfield)))))

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mamac and garfield,

Hi again. I've been following along with and enjoying your devotionals, mamac. I appreciate your choice of boundaries and trials for themes, as these subjects have been on my mind.

For some reason, I haven't felt inclined to contribute anything lately. Maybe I've been tired out from doing devotionals last week, or just haven't had much spare time. I'm glad to see you're keeping this thread vibrant.

I also notice that you two have a good conversation going. I've been reluctant to interrupt it. I hope you don't mind if I contribute some thoughts about having non-believer friends. I'll do that in a separate post; this one's pretty long already.

Y&R,

Where have you been? I haven't seen you lately, my friend, on this or any thread.

anam,

Hello to you, too.

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Okay, here are my promised thoughts about non-believer friends, drinking, etc. Please, mamac and garfield, I hope you will excuse the interruption.

I've had religious, non-religious, and ir-religious friends. As long as they adhere to traditional morals when I'm around them (not cussing, drinking, telling off-color jokes, etc.), we get along great. I can tolerate them smoking, as long as it's outside and I can escape from the smoke.

It's funny, but I've never had to ask any of them to not do these things when I'm around. They just do so automatically. I think it because they know in their hearts these things aren't good, even though they might do them themselves.

I love to karaoke, and hung around a local bar for a time on karaoke night just to do that (there weren't other convenient outlets available). However, I found the bar to be too weird of a place, so I stopped going. The people there seemed to be robots rather than real people.

Thanks, and sorry again to interrupt. Carry on.

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February 12, 2006
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Seekerw

I've had religious, non-religious, and ir-religious friends. As long as they adhere to traditional morals when I'm around them

We do not smoke in our house and everybody that comes here smokes outside. They just know.

I do not mind if people are non believers. I think my boundaries were just non existent.

I have to say no and if they are really friends they would react in a mature way.

Its nice to hear from you.

Garfield

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ok. My last day. Whew! Made it thru. 🙂 Y&R... You ready?

This is gonna be a bit different. I love music and I have many songs that mean alot to me. Today I want to use two of them, in my own way, to speak to you about life; as it is, how it will be, what our hope should be in, and what we are to do
about whatever comes our way.

Isaish 40:11 says... He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; He gently leads those that have young.

Natalie Grant sings a song called "Held". The lyrics were written by a woman who tells the story in the first verse of two of her friends. One was a woman who's
husband died within two months of being diagnosed with cancer. The second friend had finally had a baby after praying and trying for several years. The baby was healthy and growing and died in his sleep at only eight months. The lyrics reveal the promises of God in times of suffering, and reveals where God is when prayers seemingly aren't answered and when life doesn't make sense.

Natalie Grant - HELD

Two months is too little,
They let him go,
They had no sudden healing,
To Think That Providence,
Would take a child from his mother,
While she prays, is appalling.

Who told us we’d be rescued,
What has changed and,
Why should we be saved from nightmares,
We're asking why this happens to us,
Who have died to live, it’s unfair.

Chorus:
This is what it means to be held,
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life,
And you survive.
This is what it is to be loved and know,
That the promise was when everything fell,
We’d be held.

This hand is bitterness,
We want to taste it and,
Let the hatred numb our sorrows,
The wise hand opens slowly,
To lilies of the valley and tomorrow.

Chorus:

If hope if born of suffering,
If this is only the beginning,
Can we not wait, for one hour,
Watching for our Savior.

Chorus: 2X’s.

I think alot of times folks forget that our God is there to lean on. That we don't have to take on everything ourselves. They say that we tend to run to God when things are not going well and forget about him when things are going well. I am one that is the opposite. I tend to be closer to God when things are going well; and when bad things happen I tend to be more distant. Why, I don't know. But whichever way, any time is the right time to lean on God.

I know alot of time folks tend to be blaming of themselves for their circumstances; and we do have some role in our circumstances. But, we do not go into our circumstances wanting to be victimized, the abuser, the one who stayed or didn't stay...etc. etc.... We need to realize that even in those cases God is also w/ us. Amy Grant sings a song called called "All I Ever Have to Be". This song came across my path in 1990 when I was going thru a divorce and I had no clue who I was. I suddenly could be whomever I wanted to be... But who? I was lost. I'm sure ya'll can relate. Anyway, I heard this song and this song I have adopted as "my song". When I feel so low, or feel so lost, or feel I just cannot go on I pull up the lyrics and I remember who I am in Christ. I would like the share the lyrics w/ you in hopes someone will read them and know that they are who they are and there is nothing right or wrong, or better or worse than who God has for you to be.

Amy Grant - ALL I EVER HAVE TO BE

When the weight of all my dreams,
Is resting heavy on my head,
And the thoughtful words of health and hope,
Have all been nicely said.
But I'm still hurting,
Wondering if I'll ever be,
The one I think I am.

I think I am.

Then you gently re-remind me,
That you've made me from the first,
And the more I try to be the best,
The more I get the worst.
And I realize the good in me,
Is only there because of who you are.

Who you are...

And all I ever have to be,
Is what you've made me.
Any more or less would be a step,
Out of your plan.

As you daily recreate me,
Help me always keep in mind,
That I only have to do,
What I can find.

And all I ever have to be,
All I have to be,
All I ever have to be,
Is what you've made me.

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Mama

I think I am.

Then you gently re-remind me, That you've made me from the first, And the more I try to be the best, The more I get the worst. And I realize the good in me, Is only there because of who you are.

Who you are...

And all I ever have to be, Is what you've made me. Any more or less would be a step, Out of your plan.

As you daily recreate me, Help me always keep in mind, That I only have to do, What I can find.

And all I ever have to be, All I have to be, All I ever have to be, Is what you've made me.

This is awesome!!!!

I feel kind of more 'whole' after reading this.
I feel great actually.

I am who I am

Thanks

(((((((((Garfield))))))))

February 12, 2006
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Hi MamaC,

Thanks for another great devotional and idea. What beautiful lyrics.

Yes! I'll be ready!!!

I'm on Central time and I think posting devotionals between 9:00am and 10:00am work best for me. I hope this is convenient for everyone else.

Hey Seek,

I haven't posted very much in the last few days. But, my heart is always here...I love you guys!

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mamac,

Thanks for your devotionals. Now you get a well-earned break. This last one was very poignant.

Y&R,

Hello! Good to hear from you.

I think anytime you post your devotionals is fine. You've got to do what's convenient for you, since you're the one doing the actual work of posting. I won't be on site until at least about 7:30 PM your time, and even if you posted just before midnight, I could read it the following day.

Garfield,

Good to hear from you, too. Isnt' it funny that in the end, it's our actions or lack of that affect others, and not our beliefs themselves? Take care.

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1/13 DEVOTIONAL

**Illustration of Scripture **

The room grew still, as she made her way to Jesus

She stumbled through the tears that made her blind

She felt such pain, some spoke in anger

Heard folks whisper…”There's no place here for her kind.”

Still on she came, through the shame that flushed her face
Until at last, she knelt before his feet

And though she spoke no words, every tear she shed was heard
As she poured her love for the Master, from her Box of Alabaster…

I can't forget, the way life used to be
I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound

I spent my days…poured my life-without measure…into a little treasure box I thought I'd found

Until the day-when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul
With the wonder of-His touch

And Now I'm giving back to Him
All the praise He's worthy of…I’VE BEEN FORGIVEN…And that's why
I love Him so much

And I've come to pour
My praise on Him-like oil
From Mary's Alabaster Box
Don't be angry if I wash His feet with my tears
And dry them with my hair
You weren't there-the night Jesus found me
You did not feel what I felt
When He wrapped His love all around me
And you don't know the cost, of the oil, in my Alabaster Box
No! You don’t know the cost of my praise…You don’t know the cost of the oil, in my Alabaster box

CeCe Winans

**Scripture **

LUKE 7:36-50 A Sinful Woman Anoints Jesus’ Feet…

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eatingat the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, as she stood behind him at his feet weeping; she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man was a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is-that she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher.” He said.

Two women owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other only fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now, which of them will love him more?

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.” “You have judged correctly”, Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet wit her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-for she loved much, but he who has been forgive little loves little.

Then Jesus said to her “your sins are forgiven”. The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman “your faith has saved you; go in peace.

*A denarius was a coin worth about a day’s wages.

Overflowing love is the natural response to forgiveness and the appropriate result of faith. But only those who realize the depth of their sin can appreciate the complete forgiveness God offers them. Jesus has rescued al his followers, weather they were once extremely wicked or conventionally good, from eternal death. Do you appreciate the wideness of God’s mercy? Are you grateful for his forgiveness?

NIV Study Bible

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This woman and her story is very close to my heart for so many reasons.

I love that she gave Jesus her very best. Her Alabaster Box full of rare perfume would be worth about a year's wages today. It's not mentioned in Luke's Gospel, but she took some heat for giving Jesus such an expensive gift; This didn't stop her at all.

I love her uninhibited attitude of towards her Savior. That type of intimacy with him is certainly my goal. She knew who Jesus was and exactly what he came to do. As a result, she was deeply grateful and what is mentioned above is how she chose to express her gratitude. WOW!

Feedback is welcomed!

All questions, comments, testimonies, praise reports, conversations....are welcome here!!!

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2/14 Devotional

Sometimes his His voice comes calling, like rolling thunder, or like driving rain

And sometimes His voice is quiet,
And we start to wonder, if he knows our pain…

But He who spoke peace to the water Cares more for our hearts than the waves, And the voice that once said "You’re forgiven",
Still says "You’re forgiven" today.

Sometimes I look above me when stars are shining And I feel so small;
How could the God of heaven and all creation Know I’m here at all.

But then in silence He whispers,
"My child, I created you too
And you’re my most precious creation;
I even gave my Son for you."

Steven Curtis Chapman lyrics

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!! In honor of the day, here are a few really great scriptures that that reflect the Love of GOD.

Jeremiah 1:5
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Psalms 36:5
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

2 Chronicles 20:10
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: "Give thanks to the LORD,
for his love endures forever."

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness

1John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

1John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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your post has touched my heart! 🙂
u're a very wise woman! i'm glad i have met u!!

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Y&R.... have read three times and not had the time to post back. But I will persevere and return to post. 🙂

Garfield.... Hope you are having a great day.

Happy Valentine's Day to you both.... and to anyone else reading.

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Aww Gup,

You're a sweetheart.

The verses touched me as well, especially the first and last.

There is no subject more humbling, and motivtaing, for me, than the Love of GOD for his creation.

He says that it's not his will that any one of us should perish, but should have everlasting life.

He says that he is our high priest, who is touched by the feelings our our infirmities...this means, in times of weakness and despair, he feels what we feel. Why? Because he made us-his most perfect creation!!! He knew us intimately before we knew our mothers womb. Can you imagine that?

What a perfect love.

How appropriate that we call him our Father!

Hey? Would you like to add a scripture or talk about the Love of God?

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MamaC,

Take your time...I get it!

Real life stuff should take prescedence-I completly understand that.

Happy Valenties Day to you also!!!

Garfiled, I hope you're having a great day as well friend!

And to anyone else reading: There are NO stupid questions and NO exclusive threads. YOU are most welcome here!!!

Read! Inquire! Share! Disagree! Criticize!

Join us...

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youngin-there are people made to sing and some made to listen. as there are people called by god to spread his word. i firmly believe my role is to listen and learn. over the years i have always helped in vacation bible school and the nurseries. i've just never felt led to teach. but u go girl. i am all ears. 🙂 as well it should be.....

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Hello All!!!!
Yeasterday, I overcame a reading in bible about marriage! Don't get me wrong as I am a baptist, but how do you explain marriage in the phase of Deuteronomy?
In Deuteronomy 24:verse 1 it states When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of him house.

My Question addressed here, would be in the eyes of the lord once you already marry didn't you take an oath to God that you would not divorce unless death do you part? What does it mean if he hath found some uncleanness in her?

If you read on in verses 2 thru 5, it also values of divorce.
What are the meanings of these verses?
Too anyone that can help I truly appreciate it!
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2/15 Today’s Devotional: Fruit of the Spirit

What are the Fruit of the Spirit?

Fruit of the Spirit are the virtues which grow and develop within the lives of believers. We become eligible for this fruit after accepting salvation through Christ and joining our lives to his. When we submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit this Fruit-which has also been called the nature Christ-begans to develop.

The fruit is a by-product of Christ’s control in our lives;We can’t develop it just by trying.

Paul mentions nine virtues that comprise the Fruit of the Spirit…

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatins 5:22

By, “Against such thing there is no law” Paul simply means that the traits mentioned above are generally very difficult to take offense to; much to the contrary, people usually appreciate them.

Today, let’s define and examine the first two fruit.

Love- 1st Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.

Joy- Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength. Joy is described as being filled with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction in the online dictionary.

From the NIV Study Bible

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