Principles of Marriage

Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me:

It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. 7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.

8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; 9 but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

— 1 Corinthians 7:1-9.

Paul turns to the question of marriage, singleness and abstention from sexual relationships. The summary of the teaching is that those who are gifted to remain single should so remain, and must not be involved in sexual relationships. Those who are married should regard marriage as sanctified by God, and conduct their sexual relationships together with due regard for the other partner. Those who find themselves burning with sexual desire, and are single, should not see themselves as gifted for singleness. It is best for them to marry. God has gifted some people with the ability not to burn and they should pursue singleness. [The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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