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*Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-16*
1. Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
6. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
7. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
8. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.
9. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
10. And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
11. But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
12. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
14. 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.
15. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
16. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

*MEMORISE:* Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24)

The above question can be either pleasantry, or a bombshell! 'Bombshell' because some homes are being rocked by untold crises. 'Pleasantry' because some others are really enjoying every bit of it. So how is it with you? In any case, God's desire is that you should enjoy your marriage.
Since God instituted marriage, achieving success in it without resorting to Him becomes very laborious and insurmountable. This is the first thing that many homes have not addressed. Who launched your home - Christ or man? The marriage institution is so special and unique. The Person behind its making must not be sidelined in anything in the marriage.
God expects that your home will be a replica and foretaste of the heavenly kingdom on earth. Your marriage must be where joy, peace, godliness, kindness, and love resides (Gal. 5:22). Yours must not be a home where wrangling, stress, sedition and strives have field day (Gal. 5:19). Children or wards in your care must be those who glorify God in all ramifications.
How do you get this done in your marriage? Seriously work for it. Believe that God wants your marriage to work and succeed. Live accordingly with your spouse. God is doing His part in your marriage. He expects you to do what He has empowered you to do. Stay blessed as your marriage begins to live up to His expectation, henceforth.

1. Lord help me to pattern my marriage and home according to Your holy standard.
2. Pray against the activities of the devil in Christian homes that are at the verge of breaking.
3. Pray that God should give our youths the patience to wait for God's timing in their marital choice-making, so that they too wouldn't be languishing in the pains of marriage.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 80:9 - 84:10; 1 Corinthians 2:9 -3:14
Remain blessed!

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