Devotions for October 12, 2017

1 CORINTHIANS 7:12-16

12 Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a fellow believer[a] has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her. 13 And if a believing woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. 14 For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband[b] brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. 15 (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the believing husband or wife[c] is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you[d] to live in peace.) 16 Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?

A DIVIDED LOCKER ROOM

In the passage Paul tells us that the believing husbands and wives each bring holiness to their marriage. When it comes to relationships, holiness is NOT equivalent to happiness. So often we think that God has created relationships just to brings us happiness, but that’s not their only function. Relationships were designed to make us look more like Jesus, to make us holy. Holiness is difficult; it means evaluation, change, and growth for the believer, but ultimately we know that we’re called to look more like Jesus.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does holiness mean to you?

Q: If we’re called to be holy, how can you leverage your current relationships to help yourself look more like Jesus?

Q: What’s one action you can take today that pulls someone else toward holiness? How can you help someone look more like Jesus today?

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