Practical Christian Love

Christian love

Christian Marriage ought to be the prime example of Christian love.

I find so many writers don’t really define what love is. If we want to exhort people to love we need to clarify just how they do that. The qualities of it are all in I Corinthians chapter 13, but what I have grasped over the years are these characteristics:
1. Love is outgoing, away from self to others in all situations. It is looking not on one’s own things/concerns but that of others (Phil.2:3,4-vital in conversation and fellowship).
2. Love serves others and takes the lower station if need be to help practically. Like Paul gathered sticks in Malta, Christ washed disciples feet. It is sacrificial of time and energy and money. Christ so loved that he came down to the lowest depths (Phil.2:5-9).
3. Love wants the best for the other and wants to bless them. That may mean a rebuke but is often encouragement from Scripture or experience. It builds up/edifies.
4. Love aims at God’s glory not self-glory.
5. Love is lifelong.

I hope this is a help and practical.

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British Reformed Fellowship Conference 2018

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This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of 2018 if you can make it!

British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Conference 2018: The Reformed (Christian) Family—According to the Word of God
21-28 July, 2018 at Hebron Hall, Cardiff, Wales
Six Main Conference Addresses:
1. The Divine Origin of the Family (Rev. A. Lanning)
2. The Authoritative Content of the Gospel (Prof. D. Engelsma)
3. The God-Fearing Man and His Virtuous Wife (Rev. A. Lanning)
4. The Reformed (Christian) Family: Parents and Children (Prof. D. Engelsma)
5. It Is Good to Be Single (Rev. A. Lanning)
6. Unbiblical Divorce and Adulterous Remarriage: A Scandal (Prof. D. Engelsma)
Saturday evening introductory speech: Rev. M. McGeown
Sunday services: AM: Rev. A. Lanning & PM: Rev. A. Stewart
Special lecture: Spousal Abuse in the Christian Community (Prof. D. Engelsma)

2018 Wales, topic: The Family

Where: Hebron Hall, Cardiff, Wales When: 21-28 July, 2018 What: The exact title is yet to be decided, but the topic will be the family Who: The main speakers will be Prof. David J. Engelsma and Rev. Andy Lanning More info to come!
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Does divorce end a marriage?

The Westminster Confession of Presbyterian churches says it does:

Chapter VII

5. Adultery or fornication, committed after a contract, being detected before marriage, giveth just occasion to the innocent party to dissolve that contract. In the case of adultery after marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to sue out a divorce, and after the divorce to marry another, as if the offending party were dead.

6. Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to study arguments, unduly to put asunder those whom God hath joined together in marriage; yet nothing but adultery, or such willful desertion as can no way be remedied by the Church or civil magistrate, is cause sufficient of dissolving the bond of marriage; wherein a public and orderly course of proceeding is to be observed; and the persons concerned in it, not left to their own wills and discretion in their own case.

What does the word of God say about this?

Firstly, “What God has joined let not man put asunder.” (Matt.19:6). The fact is man cannot put marriage asunder only God can by the death of a spouse:

For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.” (Rom.7:2,3).

Divorce is the lawful separation of a couple only as a last resort after proven adultery (desertion is not a scriptural ground!).  Our legal system and the population as a whole take this divorce as being the annulment of the marriage and allowing the freedom to remarry but is this Biblical?

Biblical divorce is separation of bed and board NOT the end of the marriage. God divorced Israel but he plainly stated he was still married to her! ” And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:” (Jeremiah 3:8, 14). Hence to divorce and remarry for ANY REASON is adultery just as Jesus and Paul state in Matthew 5:31,32, 19:9 and I Cor.7:39. Furthermore unrepentant adulterers (i.e.those on second marriages while first spouse still lives) will be barred from heaven (I Cor.6:9).

 

Two worldviews

Biblical truth versus the World.

The world lies under Satan (I John 5:19) it is the whole system of godless humanism, communism and liberal left wing thinking that is opposed to Christ and the gospel. Increasingly it is making inroads into established churches who apostatize and become synagogues of Satan.

This is the ANTITHESIS.

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Reformed/Biblical worldview The world’s worldview
God is sovereign/Calvinism Man is sovereign/Arminianism
God rules providence Deism, the world runs itself
God created all things Evolution is the cause
God created family Dispense with family-live in sin, single parents, divorce, porn, perversions including homosexuality
God made male and female Transgenderism
God says life is sacred, thou shalt not kill Rampant abortion- the murder of unborn children

 

The world’s system is set to takeover ultimately under Antichrist when the Christian church will be a beleaguered remnant UNTIL Christ the true King and Lord returns to bring in everlasting justice and righteousness.

Thanks to Rev. Angus Stewart for basic idea for this.

Recommended book

Book Alert: “Handle with Care!” – Dr. J. Kennedy

 

 

I can get you copies half price plus postage!

mail me at julikenn@doctors.org.uk

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Handle-with-care-kennedyA few months ago I was made aware of a new book produced by Dr. Julian Kennedy and today I want to notify you of it and encourage you to make use of it – especially our young people and parents of young people.

The book is Handle with Care! A Biblical and Reformed Guide to Sexuality for Young People(Wipf & Stock, 2017; paper & epub, 114 pp.).

You will find this summary of the book at the publisher’s site:

God’s good gift of sexuality has been corrupted since the fall of man into sin so that man in his depravity is not able to use it for God’s glory and for his own good. Sex between unmarried (fornication), adultery, including divorce and remarriage, and homosexuality are accepted as normal in modern society and young people, even Christian young people, are being influenced by this Satanic lie that “if…

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Pattern for Marriage

 

These messages in the Reformed Witness Hour will challenge  you in your marriage:

Husbands love your wives.

Marriage is to reflect God’s covenant of grace.

Two sinners saved by grace, bound for life are to exhibit daily grace.

Forbearing and forgiving.

Christ sanctifies us and uses marriage to sanctify us.

Aim to know Christ and be like Christ in marriage.

Die to self, lead, listen, comfort, counsel, care, practically serve in kind, thoughtful behaviour.

Make her feel treasured.

Goal of transforming her into the image of Christ.

and…

Laying down your life in love for your wife will transform her.