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Words of Encouragement: Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, what do you think about marriage? In particular, how do you think single saints ought to think regarding who to marry? For believers, is marriage just about love? Of course not. To marry someone you are in love with is a wonderful thing; but, for the believer, love is not enough. To be clear: To marry someone of the opposite sex with whom you are in love is a wonderful thing, as a believer, as long as they are saved. Again, love is not enough for those who truly put God first. Those who put God before their feelings, the foolish reasoning of lost men and women, and the lusts of the flesh will obey the word of God. It is abundantly clear in scripture that God does not want His people marrying those outside of the community of believers. So, if you think believers should be free to marry anyone they desire, you are wrong and need to get your thinking aligned with the teachings of scripture. It does not matter how the world says people should feel free to marry whoever they love. Believers are not to ‘marry’ members of the same sex even though that person thinks they are a member of the opposite sex and appears like a member of the opposite sex and claims to be a Christian. Indeed, believers are not to feel free to marry anyone based on a mere profession of faith. God wants His children to marry those who have truly been saved.
Devotional reading for this week: 1 Corinthians 6:39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. (ESV)
Ezra 9:1-4 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. 2 For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. 3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied. 4 Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice. (KJV)
Genesis 2:22-24 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: How can marrying a pagan negatively impact a believer’s children? What sorts of problems are likely to occur in the marriage of a believer who is married to an atheist? Why is not love a good enough rationale to marry someone? Why should I not care about unbelievers calling me a bigot for standing for marriage in accordance with God’s will? What are some good steps to take in order to determine if someone is truly a believer as opposed to a deceiver just trying to get me to marry them?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, make me to never compromise the institution of marriage as you intend it. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
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