What Jesus Did! 'The Gift' — Matthew 19:10-12

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The followers said to Jesus, "If that is the only reason a man can divorce his wife, then it is better not to marry." Jesus answered, "Not every person can accept this truth {about marriage}. But God has made some people able to accept it. There are different reasons why some men cannot marry. Some men were born without the ability to make children. Other men were made that way later in life by other people. And other men have given up marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. But the person that can {marry} should accept this teaching {about marriage}."
— Matthew 19:10-12 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 19:10-12 NLT — "If that is the only reason a man can divorce his wife, then it is better not to marry."

Key Thought

God's goal for all people—married or unmarried—is that they live in sexual purity. Some are gifted to be able to do this and remain single with whole-hearted devotion to the Lord. Both Paul and Jesus emphasize that this is desirable, but is not the norm because most of us cannot do that. Only those gifted by God can truly be fulfilled and remain single. The rest of us are not gifted with this spiritual gift. So we are called to honor God with holiness in our walk with him and our spouse.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, sexual impurity runs rampant in my world. Help me keep my sexual sanity and purity in a day of sexual confusion, sin, rebellion, addiction, perversity, and destruction. Strengthen my resolve to live a holy life of sexual purity no matter what stage of life I find myself in. Thank you for sharing this grace with me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
  • 1 Corinthians 7:7-8
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:4-8


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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