We are called to restore one another gently, not ignore one another. Let’s not excuse ourselves from the family just because we’re single. If we are to marry, it will be a temporary gift for this life. But our brothers in the Lord will be with us for an eternity, so that should inform how we relate to all the men we don’t marry.

Carolyn McCulley handles church and ministry relations for Sovereign Grace Ministries and is a member of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. This column is adapted from her book, "Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred." (Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187). Carolyn welcomes your comments at info@carolynmcculley.com. Or visit her website or blog.

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