How can we beat the odds for second marriage success?
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Redeemer is one of God’s titles, and aren’t we glad! He loves us and gives us second chances in many areas—including marriage.
Unlike in the movies, second marriages aren’t guaranteed to be “happy ever after.” Around 60 percent of second marriages fail. However, Karen L. Maudlin points out in MARRIAGE PARTNERSHIP that remarriage is more complicated than first marriages, but with extra TLC, a second marriage can be successful.
How do we move beyond fairy-tale hopes to concrete joy? We say we believe God can do anything, so how do we trust him and act upon that faith? This study will explore these issues.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: 2 Chronicles 33:10–20; Matthew 14:3–23; Ephesians 5:22–33; Philippians 1:3–11
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: God gladly gives us second chances when we ask for them. Since those second chances take place in the parameters of the life we already have, second chances include baggage and ghosts of our past.
Teaching point two: You must find God’s design and purpose in your second marriage.
Teaching point three: Find time to be alone with God to pray and ponder, so you can adjust your minds and emotions to new life situations.
Teaching point four: When working on a second marriage, give your mate privacy, respect, and support.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM MARRIAGE PARTNERSHIP
Succeeding at Second Marriages, by Karen L. Maudlin (Fall 2001, 11 printed pages)
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