Summary: God wants to help us with our family problems, and here the Lord shows us 5 things to do.

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God’s Answer to Our Family Problems

Matthew 19:1-12

Sermon by Rick Crandall

McClendon Baptist Church - Sept. 20, 2009

*Let me start by saying that this Scripture gives a strong message against divorce. But don’t tune me out if you have gone through a divorce or you are struggling in your marriage right now. There is probably not a family here that has not been hurt in some way by divorce. We’re all in the same boat.

*My dad’s mother divorced my grandfather in 1928, after he was unfaithful to her. My dad was 8 at the time, with two younger sisters. My grandmother was left to raise 3 children by herself, the youngest around two. My dear mother was divorced around 1935 after one year of marriage. The experience was so bitter that she never once spoke of it to us.

*Of the 7 children in our two families, every one but Mary and I have either been divorced or have married someone who was divorced. And let me say that Mary and I are still together, not because we are something special. We are still together by the grace of God. By His grace, we have learned some things about real love over the last 35 years. I have got to admit that I am a slow learner, but I have learned a little about love. And I give all the glory to God and the good wife He gave to me.

*We are not here tonight to judge divorced people. Nobody knows the pain of divorce better than those who have been through it. We are here to look into the Word of God to find help for our family problems. And God wants to help us. In this strong passage against divorce, the Lord shows us 5 things to do.

1. First, seek help from the Healer.

*We see Him in vs. 1-2:

1. Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.

2. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.

*Those people needed healing, and they did the best thing they possibly could have done -- they followed Jesus. Sometimes we need healing too, -- not just physical healing, but spiritual and emotional healing too. We need healing in our families. And nobody can heal like Jesus! Trust in the Lord as your Healer. Trust in the help of God.

*King Duncan told about a little boy who sat through a Sunday School class and learned about the time Jesus went to a wedding. You may remember that this was the time when Jesus turned the water into wine. After class, his dad was curious and asked, “What did you learn from that story?”

*The little boy thought for a moment and gave this great answer: “If you’re having a wedding, make sure Jesus is there.” (1)

*You will never get better advice. Sometimes our problems seem overwhelming, but the Lord can help us like no one else can. How can we overcome our family problems? Seek help from the Healer.

2. And turn away from the hardness in your heart.

*The biggest problem we see in these verses is hard hearts. First we see hard hearts against our Master. In vs. 3, “The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?’” The Pharisees came to Jesus testing or tempting Him. They weren’t there to get guidance, wisdom or help. They were there trying to trip Jesus up and embroil Him in a controversy.

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