Sunday, November 05, 2017

Miller: marriage

Sunday, November 5, 2017
    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. 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. 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.
    But 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. How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
    Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay dow n in all the churches.
    —1 Corinthians 7:12-17 (NIV)
    A Christian marriage is [not] one with no problems or even a marriage with fewer problems. (It may well mean more problems.) But it does mean a life in which two people are able to accept each other and love each other in the midst of problems and fears. It means a marriage in which selfish people can accept selfish people without constantly trying to change them—and even accept themselves, because they realize personally that they have been accepted by Christ.
    ... Keith Miller (1927-2012), The Taste of New Wine, Waco, Texas: Word Books, 1965, p. 48 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 7:12-17; Deut. 33:27-29; Ps. 37:24; 119:116-117; John 10:28-30; Rom. 8:38-39; 14:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we accept one another as You have accepted us.
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