Today is June 25, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 Timothy 4:8

. . . bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Keep your emphasis on the inside/eternal, not the outside/temporal.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Exercise goes a long way toward keeping us fit and healthy. And since God lives in us, it is important to take good care of ourselves. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. —2 Timothy 1:14

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit . . . therefore glorify God in your body. —1 Corinthians 6:19-20

However, overemphasis on the physical while neglecting proper exercise of the spiritual is evidence of misplaced priorities. On Judgment Day, God will not overlook the lack of spiritual fitness just because you have a “buff” low-fat body. So be careful to not spend more time at the gym or the weight machine than you do in quiet time with the Lord.


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

I am a new Christian, one year old. God saved me out of a miserable self-centered life as a drug-using exotic dancer. I am so grateful for His forgiveness. My conversion has driven my husband away and he wants a divorce. He is very mentally abusive, is involved with organized crime, and has offered to give me a decent chunk of money if I would not demand child support for our only child, a four-year-old son. My husband was raised Catholic, doesn’t believe in being born again, and has now left me and is seeing another woman.

My problem is that while we acted married and presented ourselves as married, we were never actually legally married—never registered in the official records. To get divorced I would actually have to get married. But my husband has said he will not sign any marriage papers now. I am in the strange situation of my husband not wanting to marry me, but willing to pay me to leave quietly. If I accept the terms of his “settlement offer,” I admit I was never married. My concern is what does God think? If I was unofficially married, does that count? Even though I don’t officially get a divorce, does God consider me divorced? Do all those divorce verses apply to me? Can I remarry some day if I find the right Christian man? Help!


ANSWER:

We can’t give any legal advice, but if the father wants to pay a lump sum for child support, take the money (assuming it is his money to give) and thank the Lord. Most men would just walk away. As far as how God is viewing your situation, we think it is safest to assume you were married (legally or not legally). So, if you are married, the Bible specifically mentions how to (1) deal with an unbelieving spouse and (2) deal with an unbelieving spouse who wants out of a marriage.

If your spouse is an unbeliever, THE most important thing in life is his salvation. Your desire should be for the unbelieving spouse to be saved and your marriage reconciled. If the unbelieving spouse is content to stay in the marriage and is not abusing you, you are to stay in the relationship for the purpose of allowing them to SEE the Christian difference in your life, “without a word” being said.

. . . 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. —1 Peter 3:1

But if despite your efforts as a silent witness, an unbelieving spouse wants a divorce, wants out of the marriage, you are to let them go.

. . . if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace. —1 Corinthians 7:15

The term “not under bondage” is used in contrast to 1 Corinthians 7:10-11 where, talking about two believers, it states: “the wife should not leave her husband (but if she does leave, she must remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband) . . .

Therefore, if a non-believing spouse divorces you and you meet a Christian man in the future, you could get married.

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