Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries


Sunday, April 24, 2005

Marriage for the Christian is the most difficult, the most challenging, and the place of more failures in the Christian life than anything else.

When marriage begins, it usually begins with the total attraction between two persons.

It retrogresses because the attractiveness which was the first attraction begins to disappear as people get older.

Marriage should be the beginning of love not the end of love.

Today marriage is usually the end of love, instead of the beginning.

You cannot build a marriage on philosophical writings.
You cannot build a marriage on love and attraction.

A genuine marriage starts with some sort of love, and as time goes on and the two involved become less attractive physically the relationship becomes greater.

Every believer who does not have a personal relationship with God eventually will become a walking time bomb ready to explode at any moment.

When you allow bitterness to cause you to explode, either inwardly or overtly, you hurt your own life.

A problem which is not correctable apart from personal love for God and impersonal unconditional love for all mankind.

“Bitterness” - pikria = animosity, jealousy, hostility; actually a part of anger and harshness.

It means to become caustic or sarcastic.
It means to have pain in the mind.

Bitterness is severity of temper, biting sarcasm, a painful inward affliction, a deep distress of mind.

Bitterness - marah = angry discontentment or angry frustration.

It means to poison with a painful and piercing and unpleasant irritation, therefore, something which is sharply painful.

The people were bitter and therefore their spiritual lives were destroyed.

Arrogance is preoccupation with self.

Twentieth Century Translation -
“for I see that you have fallen into the bitterness of envy.”
Phillips - “You are a man bitter with jealousy.”

Simon the sorcerer passed himself off as a spiritual giant and a person who could do good things for others.

When someone leaves you be careful that you do not become bitter.

Bitterness produces a complaining attitude.

Bitterness is found in the believer who is a walking bomb shell who has exploded within and has times of outward explosion as well.

Marah = bitterness.

They flunked the “too much water test” at the Red Sea when they freaked out and lived in fear.

Now they are going to flunk the “wrong kind of water test.”

The tree represents the promises of God, the doctrinal rationales, and it represents a divine command.
The tree is also a picture of the Branch, Jesus Christ.

All people who habitually complain are bitter people.

King James -
“they search out iniquities, saying, we are ready with a well conceived plot.”

All of this comes because the thoughts in their heart are deep or as the Hebrew says “amoq” which means exceedingly mysterious.

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