Inlaws and Outlaws

25 Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. 27 Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.

29 What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; 30 those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; 31 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. 1 Corinthians 7:25-31

In a practical way, Paul laid out the scenario for married folks: your spouse’s troubles will become your troubles. In other words, all the problems and “baggage” that your spouse brings to the marital table will be yours the day you get married. Or perhaps you can look at it from the opposing standpoint: all of your family’s baggage will become your spouse’s.

There are, of course, blessings and challenges associated with those inlaw familial problems. Sometimes the weight of those “external” relations destroy marriages because they drive a wedge between the married couple.

Pray for an inlaw today. You probably don’t normally go out of your way to pray for them, so now’s your chance. Pray for wisdom and strength. Pray also that they would draw close to God.

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