“I am sorry”
♦ Accepting RESPONSIBILITY “I was wrong
♦ Making RESTITUTION “What can I do to make it right?”
♦ Genuinely REPENTING “I’ll try not to do that again”
♦ Requesting FORGIVENESS “Will you please forgive me?”Following our courtship as penniless college students, Carol taught as a student missionary in Samoa for 12 months (in the days of snail mail). We married the next year with just $50 between us, and honeymooned in a tent at a national park. We were in love, and when David said to one of his professors at the wedding, “It seems like a dream,” the professor wryly replied, “You’ll wake up one day.”
Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered into only between partners who share a common faith. Mutual love, honor, respect, and responsibility are the fabric of this relationship, which is to reflect the love, sanctity, closeness, and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church. Regarding divorce, Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery. Although some family relationships may fall short of the ideal, marriage partners who fully commit themselves to each other in Christ may achieve loving unity through the guidance of the Spirit and the nurture of the church. God blesses the family and intends that its members shall assist each other toward complete maturity. Parents are to bring up their children to love and obey the Lord. By their example and their words they are to teach them that Christ is a loving disciplinarian, ever tender and caring, who wants them to become members of His body, the family of God. Increasing family closeness is one of the earmarks of the final gospel message. (Gen. 2:18-25; Matt. 19:3-9; John 2:1-11; 2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:21-33; Matt. 5:31, 32; Mark 10:11, 12; Luke 16:18; 1 Cor. 7:10, 11; Ex. 20:12; Eph. 6:1-4; Deut. 6:5-9; Prov. 22:6; Mal. 4:5, 6.)Parents often ask how children in the same family can be so different. Vive la difference! “It is in the order of God that persons of varied temperament should associate together.”2 Learning to appreciate differences within the family prepares us for getting along with all kinds of people in the wider community.