Manís love is of manís life a thing
ĎíTis womanís whole existence.
Who is "Unequally Yoked?"
If you were a Christian when you
married and you married a non-Christian, you are unequally yoked. This whole
book is for you. You will need to do every step.
If you and your husband were
non-Christians when you married and you became a Christian since you married,
you are unequally yoked. The whole book can be beneficial to you; but any area
where it says you have sinned because you are unequally yoked is not true. You
did not deliberately become unequally yoked.
Scripture says you should not be
unequally yoked. Scripture also gives you a plan whereby your husband can be
saved. God has not gone against His word by saving you first. God just saved you
before He saved your husband. He would not save you unless He plans to save your
husband or unless He knows that your husband is going to leave you.
Scripture says you are not to leave
your husband but if he leaves you, let him go. You are not bound by the
marriage. God does not go against His own word. What He plans to do is an
Many people believe
Inter-denominational marriages (Methodist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Baptist, etc.)
are unequally yoked. Even though there are problems in inter-denominational
marriages. This is not what the Bible calls unequally yoked. In an
inter-denominational marriage, you still have the basics in common. You both put
your faith and trust in Jesus; have the same Holy Spirit to guide you and use
the Holy Scriptures (Bible) as your guide. You are not unequally yoked - you
simply worship the same God in a slightly different manner.
Some people think inter-racial
marriages are unequally yoked. There are problems in inter-racial marriages.
But, if you are both Christians, you have a common foundation (Jesus, Holy
Spirit and Bible) to work from - you are not unequally yoked. Otherwise, Ruth
could not have been in Jesusí family tree. She was a pagan who converted to the
Jewish religion. Ruth was not a Jew racially.
To singles: there are many people
who profess to be Christians and are not. Jesus said you could identify them by
their fruit. The fruit of the Spirit is:
LOVE - (Binds together all the other fruit) is
sincere, hospitable, blesses (removes worry), is harmonious, does no harm to
its neighbor, rejoices with the truth, always protects, trusts, hopes and
perseveres, helps, rebukes and disciplines, willingly gives up own desires
for good of others, forgives instead of getting even. It is the opposite of
hate. Love comes via the Holy Spirit and grows as we use it. Love results in
JOY Ė a celebration that constantly bubbles up
from deep inside that does not depend on circumstances. It is the opposite
of grumbling and complaining. It comes from knowing you are saved. Comes via
the Holy Spirit as we love and trust Jesus, love righteousness, hate
wickedness, by hearing and understanding Godís Word, by miracles, by our
being able to overcome demons, by God blessing the work of our hands. Joy
gives us hope and strength. Joy makes us feel thankful, helps us tell others
about Jesus and causes us to be generous givers.
PEACE Ė calm confidence, quietness, rest, safety,
feeling blameless, upright, strength, security, sharing life and hope. It is
the opposite of turmoil and discontentment. Peace comes by allowing our
hearts and minds to be controlled by the Holy Spirit, by the knowledge of
God and Jesus. Peace comes by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, Jesusí
blood shed on the cross, listening to Godís promises, loving Godís law, if
our ways are pleasing to the Lord, if we pay attention to Godís commands, if
we are righteous, if we are not wicked, by Godís compassion, by keeping our
minds steadfast on trusting Jesus, by Jesusí overcoming the world, by doing
good. As we learn to walk in the Spirit, we feel peace more often. Peace
guards our hearts and minds, brings unity and reaps a harvest of
- PATIENCE Ė To
excitedly wait; calmness, composure, courage, endurance, forbearance, inner
strength, self-possession, overlooking an offence. It is the opposite of
action without thought and waiting for nothing or no one. Patience comes
from tribulations, wisdom and by being strengthened by the power of the Holy
Spirit. Patience persuades people and inherits what is promised.
GENTLENESS - power under control (like a mother
caring for her little children or a wild animal that has been tamed).
Gentleness comes via the Holy Spirit and by allowing God to refine us.
Gentleness causes people to trust you.
- GOODNESS Ė
Usefulness, decency, honesty, integrity, morality, righteousness, does not
deliberately go against Godís will and sin through an immoral act, doing
something without expecting anything in return, to feed and give drink (even
to your enemies), to minister, comfort and deliver. It is the opposite of
selfishness, evil and uselessness. Goodness comes by fearing and trusting
God. Goodness results in knowledge.
FAITHFULNESS -allegiance, duty, fidelity, loyalty,
diligently strives to honor his own words, throwing away idols and
worshiping God only, protects, provides a refuge and relief, prays for
others, fulfills commitments, seeks and brings forth justice and walks in
the truth. It is the opposite of lies, sneaking, betraying and cheating.
Faithfulness comes by planning what is good. Faithfulness results in
protection, refuge, relief, answered prayers and atonement of sin.
KINDNESS - courtesy, favor, good turn, service,
enjoys doing things that make others feel good, sparing someoneís life,
dealing honestly, releasing from prison, saving life, showing favor to,
restoring property to, expressing sympathy for, inviting to dinner, watching
over spirit, removing yoke of oppression, having compassion on, allowing to
go to friends so they can provide for needs, keeping warm and welcoming. It
is the opposite of getting even with or being cruel to. Kindness comes by
Godís mercy via the Holy Spirit; we continue to receive kindness if we
continue to be kind. Kindness leads to repentance.
- SELF-CONTROL -
balance, composure, equilibrium, poise, self-possession, the ability to
control oneís emotions and reactions, integrity, seriousness, soundness of
speech (does not curse or use Godís name in vain). It is the opposite of
having a temper tantrum or being violent in word or deed. We receive
self-control by setting our hope fully on the grace Jesus gives us.
Self-control protects you from Satan and helps you pray.
Christians receive all these
characteristics when they are born again (born of the Spirit). The more they use
the fruit, the stronger it will become in the person. Baby Christians, New
Converts, evidence them in a mild form - mature Christians portray them more
Now you know how to recognize a
Christian - (1 Cor. 6:14-18; Ja. 4:1-10)