September 3, 2015

An Unmarried Mess

2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Over the past three days, our Bible readings have focused on the unmarried person relying on God’s plan, power, and provision to live a constructive and fulfilling life without having to be married. Over the next few days, we will explore what kind of person a Christian should marry.

In 6:14-16, Paul asserts that Christians are not to be bound together (in a marital/physical relationship) with non-Christians. Christians have been declared righteous in Christ and have been brought into the light of the truth. They should not have intimate fellowship with those who have not been declared righteous and are still in spiritual darkness.

This does not mean Christians can’t have non-Christian friends; friendship is not a bond for life as marriage is. As a Christian husband or wife, your life is centered in Christ; an unbeliever’s is not. Your beliefs and values are established upon the Word of God, an unbeliever’s are not. You need continual encouragement to trust and obey the Lord. How can an unbeliever give you that? How will you encourage him or her daily if he or she does not trust the Lord?