The Daily Devotional in 1 Corinthians provides relevant insights into family relationships. Today, February 7, we read a passage from 1 Corinthians 7. The apostle Paul reminds us of a very clear and main principle of marriage.
Devotional for Today February 7
For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. (full text at 1 Corinthians 7:8-16)
Principle of Marriage
Principle of marriage: The husband and wife were called into marriage by God. They are called to be a family. “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mark 10:9)
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Therefore, God’s Word counsels us to hold this truth as the most important principle of marriage. This means that in all situations, we should look for solutions to preserve the marriage, not for solutions to end it.
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- PRAYER TO SAVE MARRIAGE FROM DIVORCE
Do not leave Problems Unresolved
The reference is to peace. Disagreements between husband and wife can be resolved through open conversations. It is important to know what each member of the family thinks, how they see the world, what they feel. Then there will be far less misunderstandings.
For example, a situation where one spouse has an addiction. Disagreements about the addiction can be resolved. This requires that both husband and wife have the goodwill and the desire to free themselves from sin, from addiction.
Not to remain silent, not to pretend not noticing, but to discuss the situation openly. Pray to the Lord and seek professional help. There are many really effective tools available today.
But there is one Exception
Apostle Paul points out one situation in which a husband and wife can separate from each other. Verse 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.” (1 Corinthians 7:15)
However, there is one area that is particularly painful and destroys the foundations of marriage. These are issues of faith. It is wonderful when believing and unbelieving spouses are able to live together in love and peace. Then truly the believer sanctifies the unbeliever.
But if there is no tolerance and there is a war in the family over faith, then this gives birth to a multitude of serious sins and leads to the destruction of both spouses.
That is why the Apostle Paul emphasizes peace. Peace on earth is only possible when conflicts do not arise when they are not given the opportunity.
Paul explains that we need to learn to live in marriage. And it is especially important to learn peace. And as a last resort, to separate from each other so that peace can return.
Prayer for Today
Merciful Father in Heaven, teach me to understand Your commandments. Teach me to treat them not as a list of instructions and rules, but as principles of Your love.
Make me an instrument of Your peace in marriage, in the family, and in the world.
Today I pray especially for my marriage, for my family. Bless each member of my family. Protect me from anger, pride, and unwillingness to understand one another. May our home be a home of peace and love. May Your grace, Heavenly Father, be a source of unity. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.