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Session 12

God, please save my spouse

Read: 1 Corinthians 7:10-16

Belief can create tension in a marriage. For example, you might believe Clemson is the better university while your spouse bleeds garnet and black. Or, maybe you believe that the toilet paper should feed over the top of the roll while your spouse believes it should go under.  Thinking differently about toilet paper and football is one thing, but what about when your beliefs vary on Jesus?

As the Gospel spread in the early church, it was not unusual for one spouse to be saved while the other remained an unbeliever.  The early Christians in Corinth sought to use this difference to justify divorce rather than focus on God’s design for marriage as outlined in Genesis 2:24: “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”  In 1 Corinthians 7:12-13 Paul reinforces the fact that God’s plan is not for them to divorce.

Tensions will likely occur in a marriage where both spouses are not committed to Jesus. In Corinth, the unbeliever may have been in physical danger as a result of their spouse’s beliefs. Even today, without the threat of physical danger in most cultures, the believing spouse may face ridicule from the unbeliever. And, it can be difficult to follow God’s plan of submitting to one another (Ephesians 5:21) when one spouse is not submitted to God.

Rather than use these challenges as excuses to divorce, we can take the opportunity to show the patience and kindness of God’s love in our hearts. Serving and loving our spouse the way Jesus serves and loves us is a testament to God’s grace and power and may just lead them to find their salvation in Him.

Reflect:

  • Do you ever feel like it’s up to you to win your spouse over to Christ?
  • Knowing that only Jesus has the power to save, what action can you take this week to allow your spouse to see Jesus’ love in you?

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