WORD&POWER for TODAY
NOW, ON MARRIAGE
“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.” I Corinthians 7:15 NKJV
Marriage is one institution that has built and as well destroyed so many lives. Marriage has strengthened so many Christian ministries; and it has also closed down many! But today, I want us to look at marriage between a Christian and an unbeliever.
There are two kinds of unbelievers. One, we have those who do not believe in Jesus Christ, and secondly we have Christians who do not believe in the grace of GOD that is available to them. An example of the latter is a man or woman who continually tells the spouse who is a Minister of the Gospel that he or she doesn’t recognize the Anointing or acknowledge the ministry of the spouse. The person may follow you to the church you planted, or travel with you to minister in places, and yet get home to say; “are you a woman/man of GOD!?” Apostle Paul, being a Man of GOD and knowing the mind of GOD through His Spirit advised, that Christians shouldn’t divorce either of these two classes of unbelievers as long as they are willing to stay in the marriage. Perchance, over a period of ceaseless prayers and fellowship, they may get converted. But, if the unbeliever demands exit, he says do not stop him or her. Let them “depart”. A Christian “brother or a Sister is not under bondage in such cases”; because GOD has called us to peace.
We have read and heard of Christians murdering themselves due to marital conflicts. Spouses who enter churches to scatter what their partners have laboured for years to build. Spouses who directly frustrate the ministry of their partners basically because they do not believe in the grace their spouses carry. If these unbelievers choose to stay peacefully in the marriage without causing conflicts, they should stay until they appreciate what they have, and eventually get saved. But, if they ceaselessly demand exit, let them “depart”! We need to stop stigmatizing separated Christian couples. GOD has called us to peace, not conflicts. If you are going through marital conflicts, seek godly counsel from those who understand GOD’s mind. Not those who would tell you there is no “exit” in marriage. So, you have to stay and get destroyed by a violent spouse who has been demanding a divorce. Even for two believers who have relational issues, if they must separate due to their misunderstandings, they are told to stay single for the rest of their lives. And that doesn’t mean they would go to hell as singles. That is why it is important for us to look keenly into issues before we draw conclusions as Christians. Let’s study the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit and seek godly counsel concerning our families. Your home need not break, if you are willing to submit to GOD’s counsel. And I pray that GOD helps you to fulfill your divine assignments in Jesus name. Amen!
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