Sermon:
Making A Masterpiece Marriage Series
Creating A Fighting Marriage (3 of 3)
February 16, 2003 Chesterís FBC, Chester, IL Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:
A couple had been arguing about everything for years. Both spouses were tired of living in their state of perpetual conflict. Finally, the wife tipped off her husband about her prayer life. She said, "Iíve been praying for God to help us stop all of this arguing by taking one of us to Heaven. When he answers my prayer, Iím moving in with my sister."

A. When two people spent so much time together, there will be "heated" debates. We all have disagreements in our marriages.
a (ETS) In the Old Testament we see God arguing with His marriage partner all the time.

B (ESS) we can have these disagreements with out destroying our marital relationships.
a I hope youíll take these rules into your next fight as a married couple.(PQ)
b Letís look at two rules of engagement that God abided by when he had a fight with His lover. (TS)

I The first rule of engagement is that God showed astonishing patience.
Ezekial 16
[9] " `I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you. [10] I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. [11] I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, [12] and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. [13] So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was fine flour, honey and olive oil. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen. [14] And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD. [15] " `But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his. [25] At the head of every street you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, offering your body with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passed by. [26] You engaged in prostitution with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, and provoked me to anger with your increasing promiscuity. [27] So I stretched out my hand against you and reduced your territory; I gave you over to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were shocked by your lewd conduct. [28] You engaged in prostitution with the Assyrians too, because you were insatiable; and even after that, you still were not satisfied. [29] Then you increased your promiscuity to include Babylonia, a land of merchants, but even with this you were not satisfied. [30] " `How weak-willed you are, declares the Sovereign LORD, when you do all these things, acting like a brazen prostitute! [31] When you built your mounds at the head of every street and