My Source: THE FAMILY FRIEND, Vol 3, #6, 6/01
Calvert City church of Christ
Author: Jim O’Connor
File Under: Marriage
MY HUSBAND ISN’T A CHRISTIAN
by Jim O’Connor
Many wonderful ladies find themselves in the unfortunate situation of having a husband who isn’t a Christian. It’s a sad situation which causes, in many cases, great anguish of heart and presents a
tremendous challenge to the Christian’s faith. However, it is not an impossible situation for the one who has the desire to cope with it and the faith to do so. Perhaps the following suggestions will be
- 1… DON’T GIVE UP! It was just to such a situation as this that
Paul wrote, “For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy
husband?” (1 Cor 7:16). Paul didn’t recommend giving up and
neither do I. Surrender to his unfaithfulness is not the
answer. It will do nothing but drag you into his lost state and
erect barriers which might well be the doom of both of you.
- 2… BE A CHRISTIAN WIFE. Learn what the Bible teaches in 1 Peter
3:1-4 and Titus 2:4,5 and then make a conscious, determined effort to
practice it. What he needs more than anything else at this time
is the gospel according to you.
- 3… BE AN ACTIVE PART OF THE CHURCH. Many husbands are
unreachable because the wife demonstrates in her life that the church
- 4… SPEAK WELL OF THE CHURCH. Criticism of the church will have
a negative effect. Emphasis on the bad side will blind him to the
good side and the divine side. Any congregation has a good
side. Look for it and talk it up!
- 5… KEEP APPROPRIATE LITERATURE IN CONVENIENT PLACES IN THE
HOME. Many husbands have been brought to the Lord by this method.
- 6… PRAY REGULARLY FOR HIM. The Lord’s counsel in Luke 18:1 is
important. Let him know that he is on your prayer list.
Just knowing that someone is praying for you has a tremendous effect.
These few suggestions will not guarantee the conversion of your husband, but the chances are good that they won’t do you any harm. Give them a try.