Saturday, August 31, 2013

DAY 229 - How to Live in A Good Order?

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Golden Verse 金句

I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
                                                                1 Corinthians 7:35

我 說 這 話 是 為 你 們 的 益 處 , 不 是 要 牢 籠 你 們 , 乃 是 要 叫 你 們 行 合 宜 的 事 , 得 以 殷 勤 服 事 主 , 沒 有 分 心 的 事 。                歌 林 多 前 書 7:35

Today's Reading: 1 Corinthians 7

Please read 1 Corinthians 7 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from my Devotion on Fire blog:

You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf
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Please click the links to 1 Corinthians 7
     What I got today from Jesus is: How to live in a right way?

     Start with chapter 5 Paul listed the problems happened in the church of Corinth. Actually the problems are the same as the three temptations Satan tempted Jesus: Money, Power and Sex.

     This chapter follows the last chapter about sex. Last chapter talks about sex outside marriage. This chapter talks about marriage. About those who have marriages but have lots of problems because:
1. Husbands do not fulfill their marital duty to their wives and like wise wires to their husbands. (v. 3-5) 
2. Because husbands and wives do not have good sex then Satan comes in to tempt one or both of them that they have a chance to seek for sex outside marriage making a big mess to marriage, family, church and society(v. 5).

     To talk about this issue is very complicated. For the past 25 years as a priest, I have helped numerous husbands and wives to deal with this problem. Most of them got over the problems, but quite a number of them divorced. It is a lose-lose game, all are victims, only Satan wins!

     Paul gives an answer in verse 35:
1.  NIV translate as "right way". ESV translate as "good order".  How we can enjoy marriage in a right way, good order is the key.
2. Only in a good order that we can have an undivided devotion to the Lord for those married or unmarried. 

     So, do you have an undivided devotion to the Lord? Is your marriage in good order? 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Lead us to have a good marriage that everything is in good order so that we can have an undivided devotion to you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.