There are times when the best thing to do is nothing. In this situation, the Corinthians were urged to remain in whatever place in life the Lord had given them.

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 7:12-24

1 Corinthians 7:12-24 (Listen)

12 To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. 13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. 16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Live as You Are Called

17 Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. 18 Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. 19 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. 20 Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. 21 Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) 22 For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 7
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. 13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. 16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?

     17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 420:
My Jesus, as Thou Wilt

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. My Jesus, as Thou wilt; 
Oh, may Thy will be mine! 
Into Thy hand of love 
I would my all resign. 
Through sorrow or through joy 
Conduct me as Thine own 
And help me still to say, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

2. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
If needy here and poor, 
Give me Thy people’s bread, 
Thy Word, so rich and sure. 
This manna from above 
Let my soul feed upon; 
And if all else should fail, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

3. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
Though seen by many a tear, 
Let not my star of hope 
Grow dim or disappear. 
Since Thou on earth hast wept 
And sorrowed oft alone, 
If I must weep with Thee, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

4. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
When death itself draws nigh, 
Unto Thy wounded side 
For refuge I would fly 
And, clinging to Thee, go 
Where Thou before hast gone. 
My times are in Thy hand: 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

5. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
All shall be well for me; 
Each changing future scene 
I gladly trust with Thee. 
Thus to my home above 
I travel calmly on 
And sing in life or death, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 


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