Marriage Bonds

A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. 40 But she is happier if she remains as she is, according to my judgment—and I think I also have the Spirit of God. — 1 Corinthians 7:39, 40.

An overriding spirituality is to govern marriage. A wife is to be bound as long as her husband lives, and by implication vice versa. If he dies, she is free to be married to the Christian man of her choice, as God guides; the spiritual stipulation is that the marriage must be ‘in the Lord’. Paul expresses a serious opinion that women may be happier to be unmarried, but he does not state this as a command to be followed. He does remind the Corinthians, however, that he too has the Holy Spirit. They, too, have the Holy Spirit to guide them into the right decisions, based on biblical principles. [The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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