by J. Gerald Harris

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Confession: A Time for Transparency (2 of 4)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I John 1:8-2:8

This morning I would like to share something with you that has happened more times than I can recount during the course of my ministry. Through the years, on dozens of occasions, I have had men to come to see me, and to say, "Pastor, my wife wants a divorce. She says she doesn't love me anymore, and I didn't even know we had a problem."

Now, let me tell you what happens. Men are notorious about neglecting their wives. And men are notorious about failing to communicate with their wives. And men are notorious about not nurturing a relationship. And there are many women who find that it is useless and fruitless to discuss these shortcomings with their husbands. O, they may try to address these issues early in the marriage. But after a while they see that it is pointless. And so for 10-12-15 years they tolerate the neglect and the lack of communication. And then one day they decide that they've had enough and they call for a divorce.

Now, the husband has been living in his own world, and he has not even realized that there is a problem. And so the mention of a divorce catches him by surprise. He is shocked. The whole idea is absurd to him.

Now, I want you to stay with me because I want to use some illustrations to stress a point. It is not hard to find evidence that men have some shortcomings. Recently, without even trying very hard, I found three telling examples from the news. The first example was about a basketball coach who admitted to being "a little bit too focused." He said when his young son was three, he took him to the barber shop with him so they could both get a haircut. While the coach was getting his hair cut, he started focusing on a ball game that was on TV, and he continued to think about it as he went home. Two hours later his wife came home and asked, "Where's Jeff?" Just then the barber shop called to say, "You know, Jeff's read all the comic books th ...

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