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Scripture Union Daily Guide for 19 August 2023: Marriage.

Scripture Union Daily Guide for 19 August 2023
Scripture Union Daily Guide for 19 August 2023

Read Scripture Union Daily Guide for 19 August 2023 Devotional, Saturday SU Daily Guide Reading

TOPIC: Marriage

OPENING PRAYER: Lord, I pray that you lead me into your truth as I meditate on your word in Jesus name.

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY: 1 Corinthians 7:1-16.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
• Q 3: Is there any command for me to obey?
• Q 7: What truth is God revealing to me in this passage?

Scripture Union Daily Guide for 19th August 2023 MESSAGE:

Corinth was a seaport and as with seaports today, there were many sex workers. In addition, there were religious women from the temple of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, who came to the city in the evenings offering “free sex.” For new converts in Corinth, going back into an immoral life was a real danger.

Hence, Paul encourages the unmarried who finds it difficult to exercise self-control to marry instead of burning with passion (vs.8-9). For those married, they should not starve each other sexually, so the partner is not tempted to seek satisfaction outside the home. The couple must not leave room for the devil. Sexual immorality should be shunned by all, married or single (6:18).

The idea of marriage originated from God himself not man (Genesis 2:21-24, Matthew 19:4-6), and marriage is a lifetime commitment. What is God’s command about divorce (v.11; cf. Malachi 2:16, Matthew 19:9)?

We should not take Paul’s message in vs.12-16 out of its context. Many were already married before they came to Christ. See Paul’s charge for the Christian who is single in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16.

• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?

CLOSING PRAYER
As a single, pray for your future wife/ husband (Proverbs 19:14). And if married, pray that you will understand your spouse and do all things in agreement.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK
► Pray for Christian homes and marriages that God will continue to rule over them.
► Trust God to preserve their homes as they abide by Christian rules and principles.
► Pray against separation and divorce as is been advocated by some.

Offer a prayer of faith in line with Philippians 4:13

ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Jeremiah 28‐30.

NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – Saturday, 19-Aug-2023

PRAYER FOCUS
REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

THANK GOD FOR:
►The fulness of joy we have in Christ Jesus.
►Using the testing of our faith to teach us to persevere in all things.

PRAY FOR:
►Brethren who may be going through difficulties, that the Lord will give them calm happiness to remain in faith.
►Grace to remain despite the pressures of life.

Scripture Union Daily Guide for 19 August 2023. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.

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