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A Passion for God's Covenant

If you knew of something that shattered dreams, that generated overwhelming stress in people's lives, that would induce in them panic attacks and even cause heart palpitations; if you knew of one thing that prompted nausea and raised blood pressure and suppressed the immune system and fostered chronic fatigue; if you knew of one thing that reduced people's standard of living and shortened their life span and brought unspeakable trauma to their children, what would you do?

If you knew what that one thing was, and if you were good, and if you were God, you might say words like we read in Malachi 2:10-16:

"Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another? Judah has broken faith. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the LORD loves, by marrying the daughter of a foreign God. As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD cut him off from the tents of Jacob, even though he brings offerings to the LORD Almighty.

That one thing that causes the litany I listed is the breaking of faith. In particular, it's divorce. I could take the remainder of the time I have to speak with you and give you fact upon fact and stats and studies that bear it all out.

I'll tell you what it does to women. A divorce will sap 85 percent of their energy, just to keep an emotional even keel going through the day. It will cut their standard of living by two-thirds. It will make them angrier and more aggressive and violent with their children. And it will produce in them anxiety and worry and depression for as long as a decade.

I'll give you fact upon fact about what it does to men. It makes men two ...

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Greg Lafferty is senior pastor of Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

The whole world depends on marital faithfulness

I. Marital faithfulness represents a passion for God's covenant.

II. Marital faithfulness represents a passion for God's community.

III. Marital faithfulness represents a passion for God's children.

IV. God offers grace for the divorced

Conclusion

God will never divorce you.