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September 27, 2015
What God prefers
In all my years of preaching, there’s one line that I hear quoted back to me more than any other: “God prefers imperfect intimacy to outward conformity.” It was from a sermon I preached three years ago on Jeremiah 31:31-34 I titled “The New Covenant.” God anticipates the covenant he will make through Jesus and says, “They will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, for I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.” That last phrase gripped me as I thought about my family.
When Linda and I married in 1978, we had no delusions that we would have a perfect family. But God being our helper, we wanted to do it right by him. We took a marriage and family course in Bible college together so we could learn and discuss what it means to be a godly family. We learned that Mom and Dad should put their relationship first. Divorce is not an option. Don’t go to bed mad. Don’t fight in front of the children. Teach them God’s Word. Lead them to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. Let them see you in prayer and worship and Bible study. Prioritize date nights. Spend time with your kids as a priority. Balance discipline and love. Make family devotions a priority.
Looking back, I would say we did all that, and did it fairly well. Ask our young adult kids. But they will also tell you something was missing. Read more »