THE FIDELITY FACTOR IN MARRIAGE
Hosea; 1 Peter 3:1
Intro: God has a pattern for marriages that will make
Just as my child brings his broken toys
With tears for me to mend,
I took my broken dreams to God,
Because He is my friend!
But then - instead of leaving him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help,
With ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried,
"How could you be so slow?"
"What could I do, my child," He said,
"You never did let go.'"
By Faith Mitchner
Definition of Fidelity -
What we need today, this morning, is a dose of the
real thing. The way God intended for it to be. We
must recapture the beauty of perfect plan in marriage.
You who have experienced divorce must say with the
word - "Regardless of my failures, God has a standard
and I must encourage the banner to be lifted high."
I can't live in the pessimism of the past; I must live
from this day forward for myself, for my children,
and family, for my brothers and sisters in Christ. God
has a message of the pattern of fidelity in marriage
- the fidelity factor.
I. FOR MEN, THE MESSAGE OF HOSEA
The most pointed illustration of faithfulness and
fidelity is found in the story of Hosea/Gomer.
God's Visual Aids Story. Verse 2-3.
ILL. God says I'm going to demonstrate my
undying, unquenchable love through the
experiences of a faithful husband (Hosea), and
an adulterous and unfaithful wife (Gomer).
You will act out a drama. Hosea, you will
play the part of God, and Gomer will act
out the part of the nation Israel, my people.
She will be unfaithful to you, but you must
love her and be faithful to her because that
is how I respond to my people, Israel.
1. Natural Response (vv. 4-8)
1st - Jezreel - "scattered"
2nd - Lo-ruhamah - "not pitied"
"For I will no more show love on the house of
Israel to forgive them at all." (v. 6)
Lo-Ammi - "not m ...
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