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Day 5: “Must not…”

Friday, November 27th, 2009

1 Corinthians 7:10-16 (NLT)

10 But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. 11 But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.

12 Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her. 13 And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. 14 For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. 15 (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.) 16 Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?

We live in a society where divorce and separation is so prevalent. How many times have we heard or read about a couple who was estranged or going through an ugly divorce? Many of us have somehow been affected by divorce in our own lives. We see here from God’s command that husbands and wives are to stay together and not separate. But right after that, we find Paul presenting a suggestion to address the predicament that some Corinthians found themselves in (marriages with one spouse not being a believer). So what exactly was going on here, and what was Paul saying in regards to marriage?

It was the thought of some in the Corinthian church that those already married should divorce their pagan (unbelieving) spouses and marry Christians instead. This was rooted in their desire to serve Christ. But Paul presents a different perspective in this matter. Rather than giving them an easy way to rationalize abandoning their marriages, Paul challenges them to look at their marriages as an opportunity to win the unbelieving spouse to Christ. Not only their spouses, but their children as well.

Responding to the Transmitted Message:

Whatever circumstance you may find yourselves, let us strive to have a new perspective and God’s heart today. Through our very lives and faith and obedience to the Lord, may we be vessels of blessings to those around us. It is amazing to know that we bring holiness into a situation, for we carry Christ in our hearts. May our desires to serve Christ and our lives together in our communities be a reflection of this beautiful revolution that we have been receiving over the past weeks.

Day 4: “Profound mystery”

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Day 3: “Hate what God hates”

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Day 2: “Suitable”

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Divorce-Marriage

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Day 1: “The heart of the matter”

Monday, November 23rd, 2009