Quote Originally Posted by MrsSmith View Post
I love Paul's teachings. The description of love is so accurate. And the marriage deal...all women are required to do is show respect. Men are required to love in the manner Christ loved the church, and to treat their wives as co-heirs of Christ. If all couples today followed that same set of instructions, divorce would be an extreme exception.

I don't hate Paul's teachings, and 1 Corinthians 13 is an amazing description of love. I just don't necessarily equate his words with God's words. Paul was a man, he had flaws like the rest of us. Some of his best writings are about his overcoming of his flaws with the help of the Spirit. Such as:

"My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness". II Corinthians 12:9

That's the verse I keep in mind while working with very flawed people in the child abuse system. God's strength is best seen when He helps someone overcome their burdens in life-addictions, mental illnesses, victimizations, etc.