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Broken Faith

The probability of hearing that faith is a commitment is almost nil in the Christian community.  Yet when we look into faith in the Old Testament primarily Malachi we find faith as being broken or a broken relationship with the spouse. 

Breaking faith with one another?ver.10 Judah has broken faith by marrying the daughter of a foreign god ver. 11 because you have broken faith the wife of your marriage covenant. Ver. 14 do not break faith with the wife of your youth. Ver. 15 "I hate divorce," says the Lord God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the Lord Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith. Ver. 16 Malachi 2:10-16

Faith described in various forms of break, breaking and broken refers to a separation of a relationship.  Simply put God hates divorce or any method that severs relationships. It certainly makes the differences between divorce and love stand out. Godís rule of thumb incorporates love in everything he does and it is the primary reason he commands his children to love.

All of Godís commands demand respect for the wellbeing of another person. It demands that we honor the other person above ourselves. In addition Godís law demands that we do not harm one another.

When we look at the reasons for divorce we normally find betrayal of trust between partners that is so great that the love we had turns to hatred in a split second.  Normally the hatred is usually handled with physical violence as if war had been declared.

On the other hand love has the effect of drawing persons into a closer relationship. It is the characteristics of love that initiate the basis of faith; among them is you willingness to do things for one another.

We find that characteristic in our Lord Jesus Christ with several promises such as ask me anything and I will do it. Here is another form of that promise.

Still these promises wouldnít be worth the paper they are written on if they were broken promises. Broken faith and broken promises have one thing in common, having a lack of commitment to be faithful to the words of our mouth. When the words of your mouth are not kept and honored you might as well be lying as your reliability has severed the close relationships that love encourages.

We are talking about physical actions that can make and break faith with your neighbor and those God demands that you love. To God, life is eternal and the things that sever faith are fighting, bickering and strife. All we have to do to see this point is to ask ourselves if we desire a relationship with people who create strife day in and day out.

Every command of God contains absolutes principles which appear to make a godly life a set of firm rules. Still many things in life have to be done the same way every time because all things have a precise order in their construction. While Godís command contain a number of ďthou shall notísĒ the side that silently contains the ďshall doísĒ keeps relationships in a prescribed working order.

Godís laws are designed to create lasting relationships that incorporate faith into the relations between persons. True love demands sincerity, reliability, loyalty, and trustworthiness in the personís character and the overall quality of life he or she stands for. Christians find these qualities in the Lord and in their Father that instills an ever-increasing lavishness in generosity by exceeding our prayer requests in a way that puts Joy in our hearts.

Moses reminds Godís people about his goodness in the desert during the time of their rebellion. Even then Godís love for his people demanded their attention, so Moses said.

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3

There are no broken promises within the covenant made between God and man unless it originates from the human side. Men falter in their effort to remain faithful, but the Lord makes every effort to ensure the words of his mouth are honored.

He uses the analogy of falling rain and snow to explain how his thoughts and ways are superior to those of men. God likens his word to the way the earth is watered to enable it to bear fruit for man to eat. 

God sends rain to honor his commitment to his creation to sustain life on the earth. However, the thoughts and ways of men differ from his or her creator. Thoughts differ from the mature person to those who are immature. Those who are mature have the knowledge and know the benefit of keeping every promise they have made. The mature know the benefit that comes from honoring their commitments even though it hurts and cost them everything.

Such is the commitment God has made to mankind in that he sent his son to bear the sins of the world. Jesus became our sin and the substitute lamb to be sacrificed so that mankind could be reconciled to God. This commitment is still available today to anyone who by faith will accept Jesus Christ as Lord of their life.

Like all the promises God has made to mankind they will never be broken.

God knows that by honoring his word and making every effort to keep his promises that man will be drawn to him with a strong sense of loyalty. With a strong sense of loyalty he knows that the relationship men have with him becomes sweeter every day. Because God is true to his word and has demonstrated his love in many ways there will be no sense of alarm or unrest.

God will supply everything his child will ever need. The promises of no more tears, pain, death, or the need to train for war make heaven a place of security. God has plans for his children-

The assurance of eternal life comes in Godís promises that are both feasible and worth the effort to secure by accepting Jesus as Lord. We have evidence that God answers prayers and honors his word but without a relationship and a strong commitment to God, no one will have the trust to make Godís plan for your life work.

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