The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:4
Marriage is something that God had started in the beginning of creation. However, it is something that mankind has chosen to abuse. The definition of what marriage is has changed over the years again and again. How people go into marriage is dependent upon how they see what marriage is.
In recent years, there has been a change when a couple gets married in their marriage contracts. They now put in certain stipulations that if certain things are not met, the marriage is annulled.
Each spouse now has the view that they are their own person in every way, even inside of marriage. Each has their own bank accounts, cars, jobs, friends, bills, and the list goes on. They are living in the same house, but are living separate lives.
Paul talks about how the wife is to submit herself to her husband and the husband is to submit himself to his wife. It is to submit to each other.
Submitting here is giving in to the desires of the other person, putting the other person first. It is building the other one up and seeking to meet the other’s needs first. When both are seeking to do this, both will be built up and there will be unity.
Many marriages end because one or the other, or both, are seeking one’s own desires above the other. This is not a sign of love or respect, it is selfishness and separation.
God is not a God of selfishness and separation. He wants all to be in unity and love, to be generous with each other.
If you are a married person, you are no longer your own person. You are one with your spouse. Seek to build your spouse up and meet his/her desires. Show the love that God has shown and given you. Jesus did not seek His own good when He died upon the cross, but He was seeking your good, what was good for you. Do the same for your spouse.
As you put God at the center of your marriage, you will put your spouse at the front of your marriage. Then your marriage will be stronger.
I pray today that you will know the love God has for others; that God will be at the center of your marriage; that you will put your spouse above your self; and that your marriage will be built upon God’s love and word.
The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 1 Corinthians 6:7
Paul talks about how the Corinthian church was taking people to court. They would place a lawsuit against another person because of something that person had done wrong. He calls them completely defeated because of these lawsuits.
In America, lawsuits against a person or company is a very common thing to happen. Something does not go just perfectly right and a person is ready to file a lawsuit.
A doctor does not do something correctly or makes a mistake and there is a lawsuit made up. A person in a restaurant or some other business treats someone wrong and there is a lawsuit. The floor is wet in a business and some one slips and gets hurt, and there is a lawsuit. Workplaces see lawsuits all the time for treatment of the workers. And the list of lawsuits is endless.
In this mix of lawsuits are many believers. Paul said a believer must take the wrong and move on.
Look at the life of Jesus. How many times did people do Him wrong? And yet, He did not fight back or create a lawsuit against them. He knew who was in control and let His Father deal with the person correctly.
Every believer must know who is control. It is God who is in control. If God is the one in control, then it is probable that He allowed the situation to occur to build you up in a certain way, or to allow the believer to be a witness to someone.
When a believer shows love to a person who has done him wrong, it will speak volumes. If a believer does not fight back when wronged, it will show God’s love.
There is going to be times when someone does something wrong to you. Even though the government and the world says you have a right to fight back, that is the time to turn the other cheek and let God deal with that person in His own way and time.
Instead of drawing up a lawsuit, seek to show that person love and forgiveness Be a witness of who Jesus is and was. Trust that God is the one who is in absolute control and not fight back.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will trust God’s path for your life; that you will not fight back against those who have done wrong to you; and that God will give you strength to love your enemies.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
As Paul closes out his first letter to the Corinthian church, he gives some final words. He tells them to be on guard, stand firm in their faith and to be strong and courageous.
The world does not have any set standard. Most people in the world live by the standard of: if it feels good, do it. They also believe in looking out for old number one–self. People are out for themselves and are willing to take out anyone who gets in their way.
This type of standard goes against what God tells His followers. Satan does not want a believer to succeed and so he will work to get the world to fight against the believer. This world is a war zone–the world against believers.
Since this world is a war zone, believers must be on their guard. One must be aware of what is going on around him. The enemy will attempt to attack at various times and many different ways. If the believer is aware of this, he can see the tactics of the enemy and be ready to fight back.
One of the tactics of the enemy is to try and break down one’s faith, what the person believes in. The world is always changing what it believes in and tries to do the same with the believer.
Believers must know that they know what they know about Jesus. They must know that they are saved and forgiven. Know what Jesus did for them. This will help to not fall for the lies of the enemy.
Finally a believer must be strong and courageous. The enemy will continually try to attack and destroy a believer. Believers must walk in the strength of God and be willing to fight back when needed with His strength.
War is not easy and the walk with God is a war against the enemy–Satan. As a believer you must not allow the enemy to win. Temptations will arise to try and get you to fall away from God.
If you are aware of what the enemy is trying to do and you stand firm in your faith being strong and courageous, you will win the battle. In the end God will say welcome home good and faithful child. You will also be a witness of Jesus to the world.
I pray today that God will open your eyes to what the enemy is doing; that you will know what you believe in Jesus; that God will fill you with His courage and strength; and that you will be a witness to this world.
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:8
Throughout this world people are always told that they can have what they want if they work for it. They are told that they can be the best at whatever they do. People are to dream and go for their dreams.
In some countries it is expected that a person will have their own house, car and have a large bank account. If they don’t have those things, they have failed in life.
People get offended very quickly when they do not get what they want. The things that they want can be physical, but it can also be non-physical things. Non-physical things are praise, recognition, position, power, authority, and more.
It is often said that life is all about self, what can self get, or be. They are to look out for ‘old number one’. People will step on others and cut them down in order to look good or to build themselves up. It is all about self.
Paul says that God looks at that as being wrong. People who are self-seeking, all about self, will have trouble in the future. God is holding out for wrath and anger for those who are self-seeking.
Being self-seeking goes against God. God was not self-seeking when He sent Jesus to die on the cross. Jesus was sent for people who had rejected God. Jesus died on the cross so that people could have eternal life.
When a person is self-seeking, he is rejecting the truth of God. God wants all people to be filled with His love, which is not self-seeking, but seeking the good of others.
At times, some believers, get to be selfish. They are offended at the actions of others. They refuse to spread the gospel message and keep it to themselves.
Take a look at your own life and ask yourself if you are being selfish. Do you fight for your own way? Or are you looking out for others?
Do not store up God’s wrath against you, because you have chosen to be selfish and all about self. Seek to build others up and put them before yourself in this life. Put God first, others second, and yourself last. As you do that you honor what God has done for you in Jesus.
I pray today that God will show you what He has done for you; that God will show you ways to build others up; that you will serve God and others above yourself; and that you will not be selfish and against God.