Scripture Reading: John 17:19-26
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Scripture Quote: For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 1 Corinthians 7:14 (NIV)
There are many Christians who are married to nonbelieving spouses. We are all sad for our friends whose spouses have no patience for our beliefs. It is hard to understand what God's plan is in this spiritually unequal kind of marriage. Christian friends pray for those spouses regularly, always hoping God would send someone or something to jolt them into the reality of Christ’s salvation.
Those Christians who have nonbelieving spouses, shouldn’t give up on them. Living the life of faith in God may just become the means of saving those spouses into eternal life. Bear your cross and look to God for perseverance. We know that God honors a believer's prayers. Keep praying for your spouse until your last breath, if necessary. God's Word gives us hope that our sanctification will cover our spouse like a blanket of divine loving forgiveness. Never give up hope. Christ was sanctified for death so that He might purchase eternal salvation for us. Surely we can claim our spouses for eternity and believe that God's grace is sufficient to accomplish their salvation.
Today’s meditation: Trust in God’s saving grace.
Memory Verse: "Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for.” Job 6:8 (NIV)