HARD HEART = HATE = DIVORCE

Dear Lovely Ladies, Can I urge you with all my heart to keep your heart soft toward your husband? I believe that one of the secrets of a happy and successful marriage is to keep a soft heart. Don't let hardness creep into your heart.

Life is not easy. Relationships are not easy. Your husband may say and do things to hurt you--many times he has no idea how much he has hurt you! You are tempted to harden your heart. But, let me tell you, it is the worst thing you can do. Hardness breeds hate, and hate leads to divorce. And it is the ploy of the enemy to break up marriages which is the first institution God ordained and the strength of the family and the nation. Every divorce is another victory for the devil.

You think your husband is too hard to crack? The truth of God's Word is truer than your thoughts. Proverbs 15:1 says, "A soft answer turns away wrath" and Proverbs 25:15 says "A soft tongue breaks the bone."

Ask God to give you a forgiving heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to come into your heart and flood your spirit with His love. Ask Him for a soft heart.

When the Pharisees came to tempt Jesus about divorce, He told them that the only reason Moses allowed divorce was because of the "HARDNESS OF YOUR HEARTS... BUT FROM THE BEGINNNING IT WAS NOT SO" (Matthew 19:3-9). It was never in God's original plan.

In the Greek, the words "hardness of heart" mean "stubbornness, obstinacy, perverseness, and destitution of spiritual perception." Now that's interesting. I am tired of hearing of women leaving their husbands and saying, "God told me to do this." They are deceived and certainly destitute of spiritual perception.

It's easy to get hard. It's harder to be soft. Let's all continually yield to the Holy Spirit who dwells within us and ask Him to work a soft and submissive spirit in our hearts.

Love from Nancy

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