Daily Archives: October 13, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
1 Corinthians 7:1-16
Concerning Married Life
Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.
12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Day 9 | Jess Howell
1 Corinthians 7:14
Paul received an interesting letter from the Corinthians, asking Paul about marriage and if it was really necessary, or good, to be married. They also questioned if a couple should divorce if one of the partners was an unbeliever. Paul affirmed the permanency of marriage and the importance of the believer bringing his/her spouse to Christ.
I would definitely say that my husband and I were not strong believers when we got married – we believed in God and had “plans” to attend church regularly. It wasn’t until after our first child that we decided we needed to attend regularly and haven’t looked back. But even still, we both go through seasons when one of us may be struggling in the Word or in Prayer. In essence, I see this verse illustrating the power of a believing spouse that can pick the other up when they’re in the valley. I hope that I can recognize when my husband needs that extra help.
Father God, I know without a doubt that You put the very person I needed to marry on my path. You knew what I needed in a husband and what he needed in a wife. I pray for wisdom when/if he is spiritually weak. I pray to seek You first for guidance in how to bring him back to You and Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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