Tag: no separation
Scripture reading for August 11th: 1st Corinthians 7:1-19
Marriage is the oldest institutions established by God. God made a helper for Adam out of one of his ribs and gave her to man as his wife and companion. They were to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. (Genesis 1:28) However, when sin entered the lives of Adam and Eve, conflict in marriage also entered the scene. Guilt, shame and blame caused marriage to suffer and the Church had questions for the apostle Paul in regards to marriage.
One of the questions concerned celibacy. Paul told the Corinthians that it was good not to marry. (1st Corinthians 7:1, 8) In fact, he was not married at this time. Paul gives his reasons for this later in the chapter. Unmarried people have more time to spend serving the Lord instead of pleasing their spouses. (1st Corinthians 7:32-35)
Paul also told them that if they married, that was good too. Because there was so much immorality in that culture, each person should have their own wife or husband. They should come together for mutual pleasure, not depriving each other of sexual satisfaction. If they did, they should abstain for a short period of time by mutual agreement for the purpose of prayer. This would keep Satan from tempting the partners. (1st Corinthians 7:2-5)
Another question dealt with marriages between believers and unbelievers. Paul instructed the believers to live with the unbelievers if they were willing and could have peace. The believers would serve as a sanctifying influence on their unbelieving mates and children. Divorce was not to be an option to be used unless the unbeliever departed from the relationship. When this happened, the believer was free to remarry, but only within the faith. These instructions were given to help the Corinthians (and us) live out their lives under God’s wisdom.
Marriages today are in disarray. Divorce is rampant, even within the church. Sex is used to manipulate and control instead of bring intimacy and bonding in marriages. Believers often take the way of the world in dealing with any issues in the marriage and divorce instead of believing for the salvation of the mate and children by living out their faith within the marriage. Take a moment today to pray for your marriage and spouse. If not married, pray for a marriage that you know needs God’s grace!