Today is July 5, 2019

Verse of the Day — Romans 12:9

. . . cling to what is good.


Stick like glue to God’s truth.


The word “cling” used here is the Greek verb “kollao,” which means “to cling,” and is from the root word “kolla,” which mean “glue.” It is used to describe any kind of bond—spiritual, emotional, physical.

God wants us to cling, or bond ourselves, to what is good, everything the Bible deems right or worthy.

. . . whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. —Philippians 4:8

But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. —1 Corinthians 6:17


Dear Compass,

In these times, there are so many people living together without the benefit of the legal papers saying they are married. I “lived with” my husband prior to legal marriage, as did my sister with her husband. We’ve both been married to the same man for over 20 years. Currently our nephew is “living with” his future spouse. They’ve been together since being high school sweethearts and are both working, going to college, committed to the relationship and plan to be legally married one day.

Our problem is that we have an upcoming family event in which one of my family members wants to put a stipulation on my nephew that he not share a bedroom with his fiance while present at the reunion. Doing so would go against her convictions that sharing a bedroom is only for marriage. I agree with that; however, in my mind they are just as married now as they will be when they have a legal piece of paper proving that they married. It seems as if the legality of getting married is for the benefit of men, rather than for the blessing of God. God looks at the heart, not at the outward appearance.

So, help me out—does a person have to have a legal document to say they are married in God’s eyes?


A vow, marriage or otherwise, is a religious undertaking to do something or not do something. Vows are taken voluntarily and in the presence of others as a witness because once taken they are regarded as compulsory. God takes vows very seriously.


I shall pay my vows to the Lord;
Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.
—Psalm 116:14

You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God, what you have promised. —Deuteronomy 23:23

Your vows are binding upon me, O God . . . —Psalm 56:12

Paper was not even used to record marriages as recently as 300 years ago. One of the reasons guests are invited to your wedding is to WITNESS BEFORE GOD what you are vowing. The vow is what is important, not the paper.

It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. —Ecclesiastes 5:5

A good name is to be more desired than great wealth . . . —Proverbs 22:1

We are commanded by scripture to abide by the law of the land, which requires us to register our marriage VOWS. In most countries, the tax you pay is based on your marriage status. Therefore, we must obey the law.

Regarding your sin-accepting mindset of your nephew: Just because you grieve God’s heart with your own unrepentant sexual sin, it will never justify your nephew doing the same. Your brazenly cavalier attitude of “everybody’s doing it” will cause you a great deal of heartache. Our hats off to the family member willing to take a stand for her Biblical convictions.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. —Ephesians 4:30

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. —Galatians 6:7


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