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Half Of Nothing

Resentment Foolishness Divorce

Source: Good Morning America

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-13

Scripture: Hebrews 12:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Click here for a Good Morning America video of man who literally cuts everything in half to comply with a court order to give his wife half of everything.

APPLICATION

Resent will rob itself in order to withhold from someone else. It isn’t satisfied until everyone has been cheated.

“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up and causes you trouble, or many of you will become defiled” (Hebrews 12:15). 

Divorce Day

God's Love Divorce Marriage

Source: “Happy divorce season! It’s that time of the year again” by Jimmy Nsubuga for Metro.co.uk, January 3, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-15

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25 ; Ephesians 5:31

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Did you know there is a day every year that some refer to as “Divorce Day?” No, you won’t find it on your Google calendar nor will you be reminded about it by Hallmark. It’s a term used by those in the legal profession. Jimmy Nsubuga with METRO.COM explains:

It’s that time of the year again where married couples who can no longer stand each other get divorced.

Lawyers are expecting the traditional January spike in official separations to continue, with the first Monday after the New Year holiday often referred to as ‘divorce day’.

The couples apparently want to spend one last Christmas with each other to see if things will work out.

... ‘Financial pressures are also known to be key issues in arguments at this time of year with 40% of parents admitting that this was causing strains in their relationship.’

Business for the firm has been up at least 25% in January in the past few years compared with an average month. 

 

APPLICATION

We are statistically astute enough to anticipate its timing, but that doesn’t stop “Divorce Day” from happening every year.  The pattern is there, we can see it coming, but we seem to be powerless to stop it, at least in our own power.

That’s why God sent His Son into the world, so that we might have access to a love more powerful than human limitations, more powerful than statistical trends, more powerful than financial pressures, more powerful than death itself!

Don’t just stand there and helplessly watch your life succumb to the downward momentum of a fallen world.  If God’s love can conquer the grave, it can conquer “Divorce Day.”

Without the healing power of God’s love, all we can do is submit to the statistics.  With the help of God’s love, we change those statistics?

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25).

"As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one" (Ephesians 5:31, NLT).

Sadly Love Won't Keep the Capt and Tennille Together

Love (Human) Divorce Commitment

Source: "Captain and Tennille, musical duo of the ’70s, divorcing after 39 years of marriage" by BY DIANA REESE, Published WASHINGTON POST, January 23, 2014

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-01-27

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:8

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'It’s been a rough week for Baby Boomers," reports Diana Reese in the WASHINGTON POST. "First the Professor from 'Gilligan’s Island,' actor Russell Johnson, died at the age of 89. And now the Captain and Tennille have called it quits after 39 years of marriage."

Apparently, love won't "keep us together." Reese reports that "gray divorce"--divorce among people over 50--doubled from 1999-2009. So, asks the reporter, "Why are baby boomers turning to divorce as they approach retirement age?"

“Boomers, known as the ‘me generation,’ are often committed to self-fulfillment as much as to marital vows,” said Los Angeles psychotherapist Phyllis Goldberg, PhD.

APPLICATION

So, if love--or at least the baby boomers' self-serving version of it--won't keep us together, what will? The Apostle Paul provided an answer when he wrote that God's other-serving version of love, agape love, "never fails."

"Love never fails" (1 Corinthians 13:8).

Serving Single Dads

Fatherhood Divorce Men's Concerns

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-13

Scripture: Acts 4:32 ; Acts 4:44

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Don't Rush the Crush

Relationships Divorce Lust

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-19

Scripture: Proverbs 19:2

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The Divorce Expo

Divorce Commitment Marriage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-08

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No Room For Abuse In Marriage

Divorce Abuse Adultery

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2011-11-20

Scripture: Ephesians 5:24

Author: Gary Richmond
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Divorce by Intuition

Divorce Relativism Conscience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-11-07

Scripture: Judges 17:6

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54 "I DOs"

Idolatry God's Love Divorce

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-02-12

Scripture: Joel 2:8

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What Shamu Taught Me About Marriage

Marriage Humor Motivation

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2018-07-21

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:8

Author: Amy Sutherland
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