The Daily Devotional in 1 Corinthians provides relevant insights into family relationships. Today, February 7, we read a passage from 1 Corinthians 7. First, the apostle Paul reminds us of a prominent and central 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: God calls the husband and wife into marriage. 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 essential principle of marriage. This means that in all situations, we should look for solutions to preserve the marriage, not for solutions to end it.
- PRAYER FOR MARRIAGE RECONCILIATION
- WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT MARRIAGE
- 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. Knowing what each family member thinks, how they see the world, and what they feel is essential. Then there will be far fewer misunderstandings.
For example, a situation where one spouse has an addiction. Disagreements about addiction can be resolved. This requires both husband and wife to have the goodwill and the desire to free themselves from sin and addiction.
Not to remain silent, pretend not to notice, but discuss the situation openly. Pray to the Lord and seek professional help. There are many practical 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, one area is excruciating and destroys the foundations of marriage. These are issues of faith. It is beautiful when believing, and unbelieving spouses can live together in love and peace. Then indeed, the believer sanctifies the unbeliever.
But if there is no tolerance and there is a war in the family over faith, this births 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 essential to know 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, family, and the world.
Today I pray especially for my marriage and 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.