Do not depart

1 Corinthians Bible Background

08.25.2016 New Testament: 1Co 7.10–11

To read the Bible in a year, read First Corinthians 7.1–24 on August 25, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

After explaining briefly some obligations that husbands and wives have toward one another, Paul knew that sometimes a marriage falls apart. In that case, he wrote by the leadership of the Lord,

Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife (1 Corinthians 7.10–11). 

We are free in Christ, but not free to do as we please, we are free to do what pleases Christ. Therefore, the apostle wanted us to know that we cannot just leave our spouse and go find another one. If for someone reason, the marriage is intolerable, we can leave, but he said to remain unmarried.

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