Added: Rand Chalmers - Date: 17.03.2022 15:11 - Views: 13655 - Clicks: 4700
In all my teenage thoughts of romance and marriage, nothing seemed better. Spending a lifetime pursuing God with the woman He wanted me to be with for life? Nothing seemed better. I firmly believed that the best romance and marriage is the one that God builds, not me. The idea of letting God choose who you marry and guide you to that person is popular among Christians.
However, 1 Corinthians 7 paints a different picture. Instead of teaching us to expect God to control our love livesthe chapter reveals that God gives us freedom to choose if we marry and, thus, whom we marry. It might seem odd to us that God would want us to make such big decisions rather than yield them to Him.
Understanding why God gives us the choice becomes easier when we look through the lens of the following three reasons:. We would have to marry that person in order to obey God. We would be accepting the person because we were required to, because we had no other option.
That would eliminate the opportunity to love freely and genuinely. But God wants us to love freely and genuinely. That freedom gives us space in which to love. Finding the right match is a popular idea in modern America. Many people think a successful marriage is made by finding the right match and that a failing marriage means the match was bad.
But this is a backward way of thinking. Even we Christians fall into the trap of thinking too much of matching. Even worse, we bring God into it. Some Christians want God to pick their spouse because they think He, with His infinite knowledge, knows who the absolute best match is.
But God wants us to love rather than put our stock in matching. Regardless of how good a match we marry, God is present, teaching encouraging us to love selflessly.
He was free to reject us. He loved us anyway, because God is love. When we imagine marrying someone God has picked for us, we often imagine a divinely blissful marriage marked by much joy and little trouble. He calls us to live out the limitless love that is constant even when everything is falling apart. Often, we want God to choose our spouse for us because that seems safer or easier than choosing to love someone without knowing how difficult or painful that will be.
One big way that happens is in freely choosing to commit to someone in marriage. Like any good father, God will always give us guidance and counsel in making a wise choice of a spouse. In doing so, we take the same adventure of love that He took when He chose to commit to loving us. Store Subscribe.
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