The Holy Spirit is PERMANENTLY placed in the believer’s heart.
When someone trusts Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection to pay for their sins, the God of the Universe miraculously sends His Spirit to live in their hearts, permanently.
. . . who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. —2 Corinthians 1:22
. . . having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. —Ephesians 1:13
And NOTHING can change that status:
. . . neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God. —Romans 8:38-39
The following are GML reader comments we felt worth sharing.
I would like to encourage the young lady who is in love with an unbeliever to say “no” to her way of thinking and “yes” to God’s. Many years ago, I was working with a young college group and became acquainted with a young couple who had been dating all through high school up to the time that I met them. She was a Christian, and although her boyfriend participated in many of the church activities and was friendly with the group, he was adamant in his unbelief.
She came to me (with very much the same concerns and thoughts as the young GML writer had expressed), and I encouraged her to accept that her only choice as a Believer was to obey God and trust Him for whatever the outcome would be. The details of what took place, and even the outcome, are not as important as the fact that she did honor God by breaking up with her boyfriend, explaining that in spite of how much she loved him, her first allegiance was to God.
Several months later, we had the joy of witnessing his Baptism and seeing him quickly grow in his faith.
One of the key points that I hope she will realize is this: As she ignores God’s will in this relationship, she diminishes the very faith she wants her boyfriend to accept! This young man was not manipulated by the breakup, but he was confronted by her faith in a relevant, living God who expects to be believed and trusted at all times, even in the face of loss. That did get his attention and became the starting point for a new, in-depth consideration of Jesus. Hypocrisy never draws anyone to Him.
I worked with another young woman who chose to follow her feelings for her boyfriend, even to the point of living with him, while insisting that she could only marry a Christian. He ultimately told her that he wasn’t interested in hearing about Jesus from a sinner and hypocrite. They experienced a very ugly breakup in which he threatened to tell all her Christian friends everything he knew about her.
I am now 61 years old and can say absolutely, as I look back on my own life, that none of my own numerous regrets involve having obeyed God. Conversely, ALL of them can be traced directly to instances when I chose my own desires instead of His.
One simple truth covers everything in life: God is always right, and His ways are always good and non-negotiable. I have learned this too often the hard way; perhaps she can avoid some of the painful lessons by proceeding now in faithful obedience.
Your reply (regarding marrying a non-believer) is so right on. Five years ago I married a nonbeliever, knowing I was breaking God’s will. While for the most part, we have a “good” marriage; however, it lacks being a “complete” marriage. As I continue to grow in my relationship with God, I do it alone. I go to church alone, I pray alone, I go to Bible studies and fellowship meetings alone. While I watch couples participate in church functions, I am alone.
I am often resentful because I feel my husband holds me back from doing more for the church. We have often argued about the amount of time I spend “at church.” So I usually give in and sacrifice my time with my Savior to appease my husband, and I have no one to blame but myself. My husband is a good person, with a loving heart and will do almost anything for me, except trust Jesus. He watches religious movies, even the “Jesus” video, but yet he will not yield.
So if you think for even one second you can change him, forget it. It’s not about you. If he is unwilling, there is no changing and your life will be one of agony and frustration. Cut your losses before it is too late. I wish I had heeded that advice. No matter how much in love you think he is with you, it may not be enough. I know my husband loves me and is committed to me, but somehow that is little comfort when I am trying to build a relationship with my Savior.
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