Greg Laurie wades in again with his article
I want to frame with just this one quote (my emphasis):
Their research found that women under stress experience at least temporary relief by bonding with her pals, which releases the hormone oxytocin, which, among other things, helps create a sense of tranquility.
And study after study has shown that social ties actually reduce our risk of disease by lowering our blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol.
He has inadvertently laid bare what the church is selling to women. Wow, just wow.
But Greg tries, he really tries to point out some realities about being Gods friend.Maybe he woke up and decided this would be the one sermon, or article this year that could be considered bare truth and balanced.
We need to obey him. Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14)
But Jesus said that his friends will do what he commands.
We need to obey voluntarily. True friends of God obey him because they want to. When you love someone, you like to do things for them. Sometimes we look at giving and serving as a duty. When we are really friends of God, it is a delight, a privilege to do something that he tells us to do.
Despite the seeming emphasis on obedience, somehow the context over rides the message. When from every quarter we here about God fixing families and fixing your dysfunctions and Him UNDERSTANDING and His grace, women and some men have conflated all that to the point it over rides obedience. How? The one word….UNDERSTAND. This speaks to EMPATHY, and empathy to justification of motive.
You CAN divorce your husband because your friend wants you to be haaapy, what friend doesnt want that, what friend would deny you a shot of oxytocin in the midst of disobedience by saying he understands why you are doing it, even endorses it, even tells you it will help build your friendship with him stronger by freeing you to focus more on that friendship and less on that jerk.
The last 2/3 of the article, alone, magnified, repeated, may do some good. But seeing that is a pipe dream.