READING THE BOOK OF First Chronicles CHAPTER Eight.
Sons were born to Shaharaim in Moab after he had divorced his wifes Hushim and Baara. (1 Chronicles 8:8 NIV)
Purity in marriage
- The original plan of God, from the creation of our world, was that for man to have only one wife and for her to have one husband, sin ruined this wonderful plan. Lamech, a descendant of Cain, was the first to take two wives for himself. Unfortunately, polygamy and adultery spread across the world, bringing unhappiness, intrigue, jealousy and even murder. “Polygamy had become so widespread that it was no longer considered sin, however, it goes against the law of God and destroys the sanctity and peace of family relationships” (HD 25).
- Another evil that plagues the world and Christians are the divorces based on unbiblical causes. Couples who joined “for life” shortly after marriage start talking about separation and divorce, instead of planning alternative solutions that could enrich their married life. Divorce in some countries is accomplished very fast, but the wounds of the broken dreams take long to heal. Divorce brings sadness to the families and suffering to the innocent children who have to bear the separation from a parent. Let us follow this advice: The couple should study and analyse ways to be compatible to each other, instead of deferring. … The use of friendly methods may produce a surprising difference in your life (HA 314).
- Another plague for the marriage is adultery. The “road” to adultery is very subtle, these slips can be started with a look of insinuation, prolonged hugging, looking out for that person with anxiety, attention and gifts that corresponds only as a gift to our partner. The divine counsel guide us: “Beware anyone who thinks to be standing firm, be careful that may not fall”, May God keep us alert and alert us not to fall into sin. Furthermore, take care of the avenues of the soul, may our care and love be only given to our partner. These are some tips that will allow us to fulfill our vows.
Father, creator of marriage and family. We pray that our marriage, the marriage of our family, friends and church brothers, remain in unity and happiness. If a marriage is being destroyed or already in the process of separation, we pray you may do away with selfishness, unfounded jealousy, misunderstandings and whims, and replace it with love, tolerance, forgiveness and restoration. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios, Translated and adapted by Pablo J. Rios.