Monday, December 10, 2012

The Acrid Stench of Contempt

Today pastor Tim was preaching out of Ephesians 5 on Marriage and he brought up an interesting point. That of all the things that the Apostle Paul could have spoken about in terms of issues that come up in marriage,  rather than tackle individual topics that commonly fill countless books on all the self help sections of any book store,   he focused on each person's responsibility before God.  Ultimately, all sin is sin against God, so wouldn't it make sense that if one sought to make peace with God, then one would eventually find peace with their offended spouse, family member, friend or co-worker? Of course this does not absolve the other person in the relationship of any wrong doing, but the idea is to look to oneself and accept and repent of one's sin (even asking forgiveness if necessary of the wounded party--without the expectation of the other person doing the same)

That way one can transform the acrid stench of contempt to the smell of love in the air.

He told a story of a time he took his wife out for an anniversary and used it as an opportunity of telling her the things she could do better as a parent-- which strangely enough did not go over well... As he was joking about the event he made the statement which inspired this drawing.

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