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Nov 18th

Godly Relationships

Six Reasons Marriages Fail: Reason 3: Sex

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      As previously mentioned, this section of our discussion pertains to behavior within the realm of marriage. In pre-marital counseling I teach that engaged couples can practice all the aspects of marriage while dating – except living together and/or having a sexual relationship.

      Overall we are looking at Six Reasons Marriages Fail. Thus far we have examined Role Reversal, Money and now Sex. We will conclude with In-laws, Religion and Life Dominating Sin.

      Like money, sex is not the most important aspect of the marriage relationship; but it is a barometer concerning what is going on in a marriage relationship.

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Six Reasons Marriages Fail: Reason 2 Money

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      The mere mention of the word money evokes a variety of thoughts and emotions in many individuals.

      The Bible is perhaps one of the most quoted and misquoted books ever written. For instance, it is often stated the Bible says money is the root of all evil - but not so.

      Actually, First Timothy 6:10a reads:  “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

      Regardless of how money affects any person’s mind and emotions, money is one of the six reasons marriages fail.

      Money can be problematical in other types of relationships, but our focus on money is how it can affect marriages.

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The Number One Source of Our Problems

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      We are the Number One source of our own problems – and this is the good news!

      If God were the Number One source of my problems I would not want to contend with an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Being on a daily basis to ward off problems.

      If Satan was the Number One source of my problems I would not want to contend with an un-seen adversary who “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

      Yes, other people’s poor choices vitally affect us, but even so, I would not want to contend with every one around me who is trying to control me and fit me into their mold.

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Husband and Wife Role Reversal

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      For many years we were told the three problem areas in marriage were money, sex and in-laws.

      Study, personal observation and many years counseling has caused me to add three categories to this infamous trio:  Husband/Wife Role Reversal, Religion and Life-dominating Sin.

      When creating a list there must be a first item a last and those in between. Starting with Role Reversal and ending with Life-dominating Sin does not mean they rank in that order. Each marriage would have to be evaluated to determine the Number One problem area. Any one of these six might be at the top of a list.

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The Third Least Source of Our Problems

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      In review, we have seen in two previous articles (here and here) that God is the least source of our problems; Satan is the second least source.

      This flies in the face of those who ask, in the face of problems and difficulties, “Why did God let this happen to me?”

      The response to this accusation against God is that He is the solution:  Christ is the answer.

      Blaming Satan by saying, “The Devil made me do it,” is easily denied by James 4:7:  “Submit yourselves therefor to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from thee.”

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