Are you praying for your spouse to be saved?

Bible Readings: 1 Peter 3: 1–2

Marriage is a special gift, which should be full of love, support and fulfillment. In some cases, however, it is a spiritual struggle, complemented by supplications, prayers, hurt feelings, and damaged relationships. I am thinking of marriages in which one spouse believes in Jesus Christ and the other does not.

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Maybe your marriage fits this description. Your eternity is safe in your Savior, but your spouse continues to live life by his or her own rules, perhaps even openly mocking you for your faith. Even though you love your spouse, every day is a struggle between the two of you and between you and God as you stand up for your husband or wife.

How do you share your faith in a way that will glorify Christ and lovingly entice your spouse to seek a saving relationship with Him?

Do not neglect your own development of faith
Perhaps it is easiest to make your faith a private thing and not live it, neglecting your own growth and fellowship with other believers. However, it is important that you continue to remain strong and mature as a believer.

Hebrews 10: 24-25 says, “Let us consider how to incite one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the custom of some, but encouraging one another, and the more you see the Day draws near.”

One of our ministers came to Christ as an adult, and because her husband found it difficult to go to church, the local Christian radio station became her place of spiritual growth. She was encouraged and encouraged by the music and discussions she heard there.

This union can take many forms depending on the situation you are in, but – if you ever want to see your spouse find the same hope – do not neglect your faith.

Don’t Nag
Think about how you would feel if your spouse constantly tried to force you to do something you didn’t like, or to give passive-aggressive comments that were potentially disrespectful (especially in front of your children).

1 Peter 3: 1-2 says, “Likewise, wives, be in subjection to your husbands, that even if some disobey the word, they may be persuaded without words by the conduct of their wives when they see your honest and pure conduct.”

You’ll notice that Peter didn’t say, “Wives (or husbands), use the right words – and use them often – so you can win them over.” This is one example in which the Bible says that you should let yourself speak with your honest and pure actions, and God will use them to reach out to your spouse.

In other words, someone once shared with me the saying, “You do not want to be their Holy Spirit.” It is not up to you to complain to your spouse in heaven.

You love your spouse
Of course you love your spouse. I believe many of you are reading this dedication because of that love and care. As you continue to show love to your spouse, look again at 1 Corinthians 13 and, with prayer and honesty, make a self-inventory.

(By the way, this applies to all of you, whether or not your spouses have a relationship with Jesus Christ!)

Is your love patient and kind or is your love envious, boastful, proud, rude, selfish and easily angry? Does your love keep a record of injustice and enjoy evil, or rejoice in the truth? Does your love protect, believe, hope and persevere?

You cannot love your spouse to heaven, but – regardless of your spouse’s hardened heart – you can show him or her Jesus’ love every day.

Never stop praying
And that brings us to perhaps the most important point. Pray!

Be faithful and “never stop” in your prayers for your spouse. Although their hearts may be hardened to the gospel, nothing breaks down those walls like the power of prayer. The Bible tells us again and again that God hears and hears the prayers of the righteous and is unwilling to kill anyone. As you pray, lean and rest in that promise.

My friends, I cannot honestly say that I know the world in which you live, but I have dear people who are not yet believers. I understand the pain of watching them walk aimlessly through life, looking for something, but not wanting to humble themselves and accept Christ. I pray that these words will help you in your own relationship, and I look forward to rejoicing with you when the day of your spouse’s salvation comes!

Scripture Reference: 1 Peter 3: 1–2

Likewise, wives, be in subjection to your husbands, so that even if some do not obey the words, without words they will be won over by the conduct of their wives,

2 when they see your honest and clean behavior.

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