Knowing their thoughts he said to them, “Every Kingdom divided against itself is laid to waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand.” Matthew 12:25
There was a time when I looked upon this passage and thought; “How silly, how can a house be divided against itself.”
Obviously this viewpoint was from a time in my life when I was not married.
In II Samuel we have the very sad story of Absalom. I learned a few lessons from this story about marriage, children and my relationship in regards to my family and God.
You see, David’s house became divided when he took his eyes off God and became focused on satisfying his own needs. Satan uses position, status, power, money and the influence of other to sever our relationship with Christ and in this way causes us to focus on our own wants and desires. It is when the true bonds of fellowship with Christ are severed that all other areas of our lives become divided against itself.
God desires to become the center of our existence. He desires that we cling only to him. It is only in this way that we on earth can ever expect our house to remain as strong united families instead of our house being divided crumbling and decaying with greed, envy and jealousy.
As Christ came on earth to be our servant, we too must take on the servants attitude of Christ for marriages and lives to prosper and remain united.