THURSDAY January 25, 2018
Willingly to Stay Married
But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her.And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. - 1 Corinthians 7:12-13
Paul gave very good advice to those already married to non-believers in the Corinthian church. He instructed them that if a man has a non-believing wife and she is willing to stay with him then he should stay with her. The same goes for a woman who is married to a man who is a non-believer.
In 1 Peter 3:1-6, the Apostle Peter used the example of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, as an example for women who were married to non-believers to follow. Rather than trying to speak to their husbands about the Lord, she would do better to influence him by her godly conduct and by being submissiveness to him, as to the Lord.
In 1 Peter 3:3-4,the apostle also instructed that a women’s emphasis was not to bring attention to her outward appearance; but instead, they should cultivate the hidden person of the heart:
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God
However, if a husband does not treat his wife right his prayers will be hindered. He cannot be verbally abusive. A husband cannot act nice at church, but then at home his words are like cutting swords. In such cases it might be necessary to separate, but not divorce. Allow God time to work, wait on Him for a change of heart and then come back together.
He that loves not his wife and children breeds a lioness at home and broods a nest of sorrows.
For more from Raul Ries, please visit Somebodylovesyouradio.org!