Apostle Grace Lubega
2 Corinthians 6:14(KJV); Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
In every Christian marriage, a relationship with God is central.
As such, a good spouse is not necessarily a godly spouse. Goodness is not Godliness. What makes a person Godly is the covenant they have with the Most High God.
There are Christians whose benchmark for choosing a spouse is only goodness. As much as goodness is very admirable and important, it is not enough if both of you must fulfill God’s vision for your marriage. He may be a good man but if he does not have a covenant with God, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
In the eyes of God, it is of no consequence how outwardly good a person is. By the standard of our theme scripture, if they are not in a covenant with God, they are of the darkness. Like the Psalmist says, every man at his best is vanity (Psalm 39:5). You as a child of light should not yoke yourself with him or her.
Why is all this so important?
Take the example of Abraham and Sarah. She asked her husband to get rid of her Egyptian maid and her son Ishmael. Abraham refused. God came to Abraham and said, “whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice.” (Genesis 21:12)
How about Rebecca and Isaac? When Isaac wanted to bless his son Esau, he did not realise that he was frustrating God’s will because the Lord had said to Rebecca when she was pregnant with her sons that the elder would serve the younger(Genesis 25:23). Because she had a covenant with God, she set in motion a series of events that ensured that Jacob, the younger received his father’s blessing in Esau’s stead(Genesis 27).
Godliness in a marriage is what will keep a spouse from straying off the track of divine purpose. If your spouse truly hears God, Godliness will ensure that in those dark moments when he or she neglects to listen to you, they will listen to God. If you fail to convince them in important matters, you have the assurance that God will convince them Himself.
Commit yourself to someone who fears God.
FURTHER STUDY: Psalm 39:5, Genesis 21:12
GOLDEN NUGGET: Godliness in a marriage is what will keep a spouse from straying off the track of divine purpose. If your spouse truly hears God, Godliness will ensure that in those dark moments when he or she neglects to listen to you, they will listen to God. Commit yourself to someone who fears God.
PRAYER: Abba Father, I thank You for this wisdom. Marriage is honourable because you are at the centre of it. I heed to this counsel in humility because it is Your will. My marriage and my children are blessed. Today, I choose obedience over mere emotions; I choose what the Word says over mere feelings, to the glory of your name, Amen.