What if your spouse does not believe in God?

Last updated on September 9, 2021


If any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.” (1 Corinthians 7:12-13)

Yesterday, we read that a Christian should not marry a non-Christian. But there can be situations where one spouse comes to faith (after marriage) and the other does not. This will undoubtedly lead to tensions within their relationship, but their marriage should not be annulled. The believer should remain faithful to their spouse. There is even the possibility that the non-believing partner will come to faith as well!

However, coming to faith will change a person. It’s with good reason that the Bible calls this process “being born again”. It’s a major turning point that will impact your priorities, your character and your interests. Your partner is no longer the number one priority in your life — Jesus is! If your spouse does not share your faith, these changes may cause them to be hardened against the LORD. In such cases, “if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so” (1 Corinthians 7:15).

You can’t deny your faith in order to save your marriage. If your relationship with God causes your marriage to break, this is very sad. But it’s not a sin to get a divorce in this particular situation.
Have you been born again? How has this changed you?

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