We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Stimulus Package of Malachi 2: 16-17

Did you know that in the United States the average divorce costs between $30,000 and $50,000, totaling over 33 billion dollars per year? If you add the cost of litigation, this figure reaches over $175 billion. Can you imagine what would happen to the economy if we just strengthened our marriages? The deficit would be eliminated and the budget balanced in just a few years! Can there be a better stimulus package?! There is! There is a stimulus package for marriage. In Malachi chapter 2 God promises to unite with marriages that enable the raising of godly children. IF…IF…we as men remain faithful to our wives. Unfaithfulness brings violence and generational upheaval but faithfulness releases God’s Spirit to bring peace and redemption. Here is the text from Malachi 2: 16-17: Did God not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking, Godly offspring? So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD…, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless. Twice we are admonished us to guard ourselves in our spirit. The warning is given three times: “Do not be faithless to the wife of your youth.” Men, do we seek to nurture our wives with the same tenacity with which we care for ourselves? We spend time (and money) building our bodies, our careers, our hobbies, and our passions. What would our marriages be like if we loved our wives as much as did our golf league, or Monday night football, racquetball, basketball, hunting or fishing? In the New Testament Paul writes that men ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. Our culture is seeking a stimulus that will boost our employment rate and the health of our economy. A strong, God-honoring marriage is the foundation for a healthy, stable culture and economy. A strong marriage is a catalyst for increased creativity and productivity. It is really quite simple—rather than looking to government packages to stimulate the economy, take stock in your marriage!

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