MONDAY January 22, 2018
Remain Single or Get Married?
But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. - 1 Corinthians 7:8-9
Paul addressed some very important things concerning marriage. In regards to both Jews and Gentiles, the Corinthians had some very important questions. When they accepted Christ and became Christians, what if they were married to a non-believer? What should happen about their marital status? What about widows? Can they get remarried? Whether people were single, widowed, married, or divorced they had many questions about relationships.
One important thing Paul told them is that if they could not handle being alone, then get married! Better to marry than to go around lusting and committing adultery in your mind. A person has to know their own limitations. If they are continually having issues with sexual desires; then they need to get married rather than giving into lust.
Concerning widows, if a husband or wife dies then that person should wait on the Lord and only marry another Christian. A widow should not go around picking and choosing a marriage partner. They need to be wise and pray beforehand. Why? They need to take into consideration whether they should bring another woman or man into their family circle, among their children and grandchildren. Then again, you might decide to ask the Lord for the gift of singleness, and serve the Lord single.
Scripturally, Paul gave both the married and single people some very good advice. But will you take his advice?
Don't look around for a life partner, look up. Any other choice than God's will mean disaster.
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