MONDAY January 29, 2018
Be a Spiritual Influence
But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife? - 1 Corinthians 7:15-16
Underline this important Scripture in your Bible. Paul told the Corinthian believers that if they were married to an unsaved partner who wanted to leave; they had the freedom to let them go. Why? God had called them to peace––not bondage.
In situations like these, where a Christian is married to a non-believer and they want to leave because of your commitment to Christ, there has to be peace in your life––bottom line. I knew a man who became a Christian but when he made that commitment to Christ, his wife left him. He remained single––no girlfriends––nothing, and waited and prayed for five years. He waited and waited until he heard she had finally married someone else. His wife never wanted to go back to him. Then, later, the Lord brought him a Christian woman and he married her. He has been happily married to his new wife ever since.
Then again, it could be possible that during the period of waiting God might bring a husband or wife back into the marriage. Keep praying for them. The Lord could use your life as an example and a witness. God can do a miracle and bring a marriage back together and unite them as one.
However, a Christian should not divorce their spouse just because they are a non-believer. If they want to remain married to you then remain married to them. You can be a great influence in their life to bring them to Christ.
Your influence is negative or positive, never neutral.
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