A believer dating an unbeliever
This may not involve actually repudiating the faith, but in matters such as devotional life, tithing, raising children in the faith, fellowship with other believers ‐ those things will have to be minimised or avoided in order to preserve peace in the home.2.Alternatively, if the believer holds on to a robust Christian life and practice, the non-believing partner will have to be marginalised.If they can’t understand the point of Bible study, prayer, missions trips or hospitality, then they can’t or won’t participate alongside the believing spouse in those activities.The deep unity and oneness of a marriage cannot flourish when one partner cannot fully participate in the other person’s most important commitments.3.
The multipurpose “Swiss Army” knife is a good example of the difference between a gift and a manifestation.The traditional knives have red handles, and many come with two blades (big and little), two screwdrivers (flathead and Phillips), a can opener, an awl, scissors, a file, and a pair of tweezers (nine manifestations! If you receive one multipurpose knife as a gift, you can use (bring into manifestation) any or all of its implements, and cut, snip, tweeze, etc. Similarly, the one gift God gives each believer is holy spirit, which can be manifested in nine ways.