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Exodus 5:22-7:25

We are a people of comfort and status quo. No matter how miserable we are in a comfortable place, we find comfort in our misery. I believe the plagues and Pharaoh’s stubbornness were needed to challenge the Egyptians’ gods but also to set up both Egypt and Israel to disengage from each other. Israel had to become a stench in the nostrils of Egypt and Israel needed to become reacquainted with the power of their God. God was making sure bridges were being burned.

Being oppressed and or being in slavery destroys self-initiative because a hopelessness sets in and then one develops a sick heart (Proverbs 13:12). When your heart is sick, blood circulation is hindered and the “body” doesn’t “act” the way it is suppose to. So, not only was it necessary to bring Egypt to her knees, Israel had to move from the mindset of a slave to one of freedom. Freedom isn’t free and requires a purchase price of responsible mind. But freedom means you become aware of your value to yourself, to others and most definitely your value to God.

Moving from welfare/dole, being enslaved or dependent on the government requires one to believe that there are gifts, talents, and abilities inside that can make one sufficient. Many times that means one has to get in touch with God to discover the gift God has placed within and how to use that gift in the market place. I know about moving from welfare to work and what it takes to cross that divide, courage. However, usually, that courage comes by way of crises.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I believe that marriage is a covenant and when Jesus said "except in case of adultery" He knew that once the husband or the wife find themselves no longer loving each other like Jesus loved his church and start willingly or unwillingly think about other people or even sometimes go to the point of loving someone else as much, the covenant is broken and divorce is necessary because we were called to live in peace. God created us and He knows we aren't perfect and we are complex creatures. Personally I would love for all couples to stay together forever just like God has intended it in the beginning but in case we are miserable and the marriage was a mistake, it's better to get a divorce than to cheat or live miserably. Jesus' love and grace will never fail or change whether married, single, or divorced.

I've been through a divorce and remarriage and if I had it to do over again....there are many things I would have changed....first being, I would have obeyed God. Heartbreaking regrets! :'(

Regarding Mt 18:21-35 today, it seems that many people are confused about forgiveness:
- are there strings attached to God's forgiveness of us? or not?
- are there conditions for our forgiveness of other people? or not?

This article helped my understanding:
https://www.gotquestions.org/withholding-forgiveness.html
I hope it helps you also.

Godspeed,
Jeff

I have been married for 39 years. Just want to say that every marriage will have mountiNs and valleys. What is important is that we keep our eyes on Jesus and ask him to help us not be influenced by the ways of the world. We are to forgive each other as He forgave us. He can change hearts. Trust and wait on the Lord. Share your struggle with a Christian friend you trust. Pray much. I'm so glad I'm still married to the love of my life. Please give God a chance.

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