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Obedience to God in your Marriage, can make you the Object of Ridicule!

Take note from Jeremiah the prophet. You may identify with what He is complaining about in his following lamentation, but do not quit because of it. Do your marriage and your life in accordance with everything God had commanded you, and reap the rewards of obedience:

(Jeremiah 20:7-13 NIV)

"You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived;     you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long;     everyone mocks me.  Whenever I speak, I cry out     proclaiming violence and destruction.

So the word of the Lord has brought me     insult and reproach all day long.  But if I say, “I will not mention his word     or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire,     a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in;     indeed, I cannot.  I hear many whispering,     “Terror on every side!     Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!” All my friends     are waiting for me to slip, saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived;     then we will prevail over him     and take our revenge on him.”

But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior;     so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;     their dishonor will never be forgotten.  Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous     and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them,     for to you I have committed my cause.

Sing to the Lord!     Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy     from the hands of the wicked.

Cursed be the day I was born!     May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!  Cursed be the man who brought my father the news,     who made him very glad, saying,     “A child is born to you—a son!”

 May that man be like the towns     the Lord overthrew without pity. May he hear wailing in the morning,     a battle cry at noon.  For he did not kill me in the womb,     with my mother as my grave,     her womb enlarged forever.  Why did I ever come out of the womb     to see trouble and sorrow     and to end my days in shame?"

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