Tuesday, 26 November 2013

ARE YOU RIGHTEOUS TO KEEP SECRET?

TEXT: MATTHEW 1:18
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about; his mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with a child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a RIGHTEOUS man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he has in mind to divorce her quietly.
Joseph was to be married to Mary when he discovered that she was pregnant, Joseph did not know that it was the Holy Spirit that came upon her and made her pregnant, but when he found out that his wife was pregnant; he decided to keep it a secret because he does not want to expose her to public disgrace. 
The scripture described Joseph as a righteous man, his righteousness made him to cover his wife’s “shame”. You can imagine what could have happened to Mary if the husband had exposed her to the public, before he would discover that she did not engage herself in any disgraceful act with another man.

Many couples these days are not worthy to be called righteous men/women, because they are not ready to cover the weakness of their spouses, rather they are eager and happy to tell the whole world the negative side of their spouses. 
What these so called spouses fail to understand is that when they are bent on disgracing their spouses, they will also have a share of the disgrace. The scripture says we should carry each others cross… (Galatians 6:2). 
Nothing should make you to expose your spouse to any public disgrace, the bible says "therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they will become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). 
Subjecting your spouse to public disgrace is not the solution to any problem, it is better to calm down and listen to what God have to say about the issue like Joseph did. 
If you disgrace your spouse by exposing his/her weakness/ secrets, you will share in the consequences. Problems, weakness/secrets should be dealt with in the family without exposing it to the public.

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