Helping Others See and Solve Their Problems

We are reading "Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands" for EQUIP. It is an amazing book that I have read three times, but need to keep reading! Those in EQUIP should read as much of the book as possible before Saturday's class

Favorite quotes from chapter 13:

  • We tend to be shortsighted and self-absorbed. We forget that God's primary goal is not changing our situations and relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy. (p. 241)
  • This is one reason why the Bible does not present divorce as a solution to marriage problems, though it may be a result. Unrepented adultery may provide biblical grounds for release from the marriage covenant, but divorce does not solve the problems that led to it. Divorce changes relationships, situations, and locations, but it doesn't change the heart. People who use divorce as a solution often repeat the same problems in subsequent relationships because the one thing that needed to change reminded unchanged: them! They were blinded by their own now-ism. But if they see their marriage NOW as a training ground for their marriage THEN, the trials God sends their way make perfect sense. As you solve marriage problems with THEN in view, you won't deal with trouble by separating from your spouse. You will learn how God wants to change you so that you can better live with him or her. Your NOW response will be shaped by a THEN perspective. (p. 242)
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