Feb 14, 2021 |Knockoff gods

Significant Other

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02.14.21 | Knockoff gods

Significant Other

Tony Pyle


We all have a relationship status, and with that status we may find ourselves joyful or struggling. Do you place your identity or worth in your significant other or lack thereof? Pastor Tony Pyle encourages us to use the gift of our relationship status for the sake of the Gospel. It is only the Gospel that will fulfill the deepest longings of our soul.

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This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. Both the man and his wife were naked, yet felt no shame.
Genesis 2:24-25

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, since we are members of his body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.
Ephesians 5:22-33

I wish that all people were as I am. But each has his own gift from God, one person has this gift, another has that. I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am. But if they do not have self-control, they should marry, since it is better to marry than to burn with desire. I want you to be without concerns. The unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. But the married man is concerned about the things of the world—how he may please his wife— and his interests are divided. The unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But the married woman is concerned about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. I am saying this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but to promote what is proper and so that you may be devoted to the Lord without distraction.
1 Corinthians 7:7-9, 32-35

Believe the Gospel today

Choose to be content in the gift you have today

I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:12-13

Can God be any less good to me on the average Tuesday morning than he was on that monumental Friday afternoon when he hung on the Cross in my place? The answer is a resounding NO. God will not be less good to me tomorrow either, because God cannot be less good to me. His goodness is not the effect of his disposition but the essence of his person—not an attitude but an attribute…Accepting singleness, whether temporary or permanent, does not hinge on speculation about answer God has not given to our list of why’s, but rather on celebration of the life he has given. I am not single because I am too spiritually unstable to possibly deserve a husband, nor because I am too spiritually mature to possibly need one. I am single because God is so abundantly good to me, because this is his best for me. It is a cosmic impossibility that anything could be better for me right now than being single.
– Paige Brown

Live in the freedom the gift provides you today

How did you spend your Valentine’s Day this year?

What lies are you tempted to believe about your marriage/relationship? That it will ultimately fulfill you? That you need to find your soul mate? That your personal needs being met is the most important thing?

Read Philippians 4:12-13 aloud. What would it look like for you to be content in the gift (relationship status) you have today?

How can you leverage your relationship status (single, married) for the Gospel?