The Apostle Paul never married. He considered celibacy the preferable state, but he also said to remain unmarried was a gift. 1 Corinthians 7:7 (NIV), “I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from [...]
1 Corinthians 7:14 (ESV), “For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his (believing) wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her (believing) husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean (sinners under condemnation, unjustified, unrelated to God, aliens from His [...]
No. When a Christian and a non-Christian marry, that couple is considered unequally yoked. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NIV) “do not be yoked together with unbelievers”. Deuteronomy 22:10 tells us, “do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together”. A yoke is a [...]
When one marries before being born again, and later discovers after being born again that he has married a totally wrong person, what is to be done?
Marriage is a challenge. Two people need to become a united team. They need to learn to love each other when life is happy and difficult. After the first blush of infatuation wears off, we begin to notice our spouses’ weaknesses and faults. This [...]
Ephesians 5:25 reads, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her." There are various Greek words translated “love” in any English Bible. The word used in Ephesians 5:25 is “agape” love, which is a love based [...]
If by chastise, punishment is meant, the simple and blunt answer is No! We are not to chastise our brethren since we are not their parent. Only the Lord, our mutual Father, has the right and responsibility to chastise a brother or a sister. [...]
Jesus taught, "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’…What [...]
Do you think it is possible to be a right relationship with God if you are not in a right relationship with your spouse? Why or why not?
It depends on what is wrong with the relationship. If the spouse is committing adultery or practicing a sinful behavior, then that person’s relationship with God is strained. God, Himself, does not depart from the person, because God has promised He will never leave [...]
If you are a Christian man, you may only have one wife. The New Testament teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman and is a picture of the relationship between Jesus and His Bride. In Ephesians 5:22-33, we learn a man [...]
Jesus taught there are two foundational commandments for all people in every relationship. Mark 12:30,31: “‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first [...]
No, the Bible prohibits marriage with any close relative, even your step-father's child. "And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they [...]
"I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am. But if they do not have self-control, they should marry, since it is better to marry than to burn with desire." 1 Corinthians 7:8,9 (CSB). [...]
In Titus 2:5, the Bible teaches that wives should obey their husbands. But how or why should a woman obey when her husband is not acting like a good Christian spouse and father?
1 Peter 3:1-2 (NASB), “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe [...]
Before I accepted Christ, I fathered a child. My church says I cannot partake of the Lord’s supper until I marry my woman. But I have financial problems. What should I do?
As the father of a child, it is your financial and moral responsibility to provide for your little one. A father sacrifices himself for the welfare of his child. Sometimes it is necessary to work two jobs; sometimes the father eats oatmeal in order [...]
Putting God first in marriage rests upon the relationship each person, individually, has with God. A true Christian has given his life and his will over to God to serve Him. As Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny [...]
My husband and I have been separated for 10 plus years and also have not spoken for all that time. Is it alright in God’s eyes if I divorce him and find a new man?
This is such a painful experience. When a married couple cannot even talk, there are deep wounds, anger, and sorrows for both people. Sadly, there are many reasons marriages fall apart: adultery, drinking, gambling, domestic violence, bitterness, the occult, etc. Sin is a part [...]
Moses’ first wife was a Black woman. When Miriam and Aaron spoke poorly of the marriage, God became very angry with them. Numbers 12:1-15, “And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian [...]
I have lived with a man for 10 years. Now I feel called to study the ministry. If I want to follow God’s law, should we stop sleeping together?
"Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord." Isaiah 52:11. The divine method seems to be to make a clear separation between the servants of God and the servants of the world. The privilege of testifying for God or being ambassadors for [...]
Leviticus 18:1-19 (NIV): “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them…You must not do as they do in Egypt…You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God…’ ‘No one is to approach [...]
Marriage and divorce in the Bible The union of two people in marriage forms one body, which, like in nature, does not cease until death. “The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, [...]