Perfect vs Permissive

Matt 19:8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.”

God has a perfect will! The absolute perfect will is that man would not sin and live in perfect fellowship with His Creator.
That’s not going to happen.

So now that perfect will is for everyone receive forgiveness for sin and to live in fellowship with the Creator. (The Lord is…not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9)

God also has a permissive will. It’s far from perfect, since it usually involves the hardness of our hearts.

The perfect will of God brings love, joy, peace, and contentment. In the case of marriage, the husband and wife are one. They are together and inseparable. They love! They have joy in each other and God. They have peace and contentment!

God’s permissive will still carries harsh penalties. In the case of divorce – the permissive will of God – the penalty is “whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.” Matt 19:9
All participants become adulterers.
What was the penalty for adultery under the Law? Death! (Praise God for His love and grace that will wipe away that penalty!)

The key to live in God’s perfect will is not to harden your heart to what God has to say.

Heb 4:7 Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.

Abba Father, soften my heart to hear and listen to Your voice; to obey Your will! Let there be more of You and less of me. In Jesus’ name, YES&AMEN

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One thought on “Perfect vs Permissive

  1. Hardness of heart can come in many different ways. It can range from outright rebellion to us saying,”Surely that does not pertain to me” Often times in my walk I have found myself justifying sin as it “really was pointing out someone else, not me”
    God will deal with a hardened heart(attitude)

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