1 Corinthians 7: 15, 16

It is sad that a believer has no control over whether their spouse will believe.  My mother is one who became a Christian after she was married.  When she found Christ, my father did not.  Fortunately the transformation in my mother worked in my Dad’s favour and so he was supportive of her faith.  Some spouse’s find their partner’s conversion infuriating.  If an unbeliever walks away, there is nothing that can be done.  In a marriage, although two become one, each one does not control the other.  We only have control over the changes we make in ourselves and we can not coerce change in another.  Are you at peace with the identity of your spouse?

1 Corinthians 7: 15, 16

15But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Question

  1. What is a spouse to do if their unbelieving partner leaves?
  2. In what has God called us to live?
  3. What can a husband or wife not know?
  4. How does this passage talk to those who are certain they will convert their spouse?
  5. How should a believer in today’s society act toward an unbelieving spouse?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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