an impossible situation?

Posted: July 17, 2009 by Daniel in christian living, Christianity, evangelism, get equipped

1Co 7:10-16
To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.

For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.

For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Paul gives direct and practical instruction about marriage, especially where there may be grounds for divorce for ‘spiritual reasons.’ If an unbeliver wants to stay with a believer, the believer should stay and live a holy life before the Lord with that unbeliever: their life and sharing of the gospel may be a part of God’s plan to bring their spiritually dead spouse to the Lord. What an amazingly formidable, but (potentially) spectacularly rewarding form of evangelsim. I can think of no more difficult form of evangelism in the western world.

If you are in such a position, this passage must be of tremendous cheer and guidance to you.

May God richly bless you as you delight him with a clear conscience.


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