Monday, December 22, 2014

Sanctifying Your Unbelieving Husband

Some of you are married to unbelievers. You married an unbeliever even though you knew it was wrong. You loved him and wanted to spend your life with him. Others became believers after they married but their husbands aren't interested. It isn't easy being married to an unbeliever. Your view on politics, raising children, and many things are different since you see everything from a biblical view and they see things from a worldly view.

Now what? Many times, women aren't happy being married to unbelievers. They don't feel like they have anything in common with them anymore. Some husbands are even mean. They don't treat their wives kindly and are always grumpy. They may even close you out of their lives by working a lot, watching a lot of television or playing sports.

One thing you must never forget is that as long as you live with them, you are sanctifying them. They are seeing Jesus in you since Jesus lives in and through you. Jesus is in their home. If you leave, they no longer have Jesus in their life and the chances of them becoming saved are slim since they will probably have a bad taste in their mouth with anything concerning Jesus since their "Jesus freak" wife wouldn't even stay with them.

Now, if the unbelieving husband wants to leave, you must let them leave, according to God's Word. It is the one reason Paul gives for allowing divorce. Yes, it is a sacrifice women make when they choose to remain with an unbelieving husband but one that has eternal significance.

God hates divorce. It deeply damages children and causes harm to the cause of Christ. When believing spouses leaving unbelieving spouses, Jesus leaves their home. They are no longer influenced by goodness, faithfulness, and purity. God tells us that women have the power to win their unbelieving husbands without a word by their godly behavior. Wow!

Besides sanctifying your husband, your children are made holy! Your children need a mother and a father. If she separates and the father has the children sometimes, they will no longer have a godly influence while they are at their father's. This is not good and something that needs to be carefully considered by any woman who wants to divorce her unbelieving husband.

Therefore women, for the sake of your husband and your children, stay married. Focus on the Lord, your children and your home. Allow the Lord to convict and change your husband.

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, 
and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: 
else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
I Corinthians 7:14