Sensible Living

Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy. 26 I suppose therefore that this is good because of the present distress—that it is good for a man to remain as he is: 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be loosed. Are you loosed from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28 But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you.

29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none, 30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, 31 and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.

32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. 33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife. 34 There is a difference between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world—how she may please her husband. 35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction. — 1 Corinthians 7:25-35.

Paul makes quite clear that if an unmarried person does marry, he or she has not sinned, but that there is a downside to marriage as well as an upside. It really depends upon individual circumstances and whether God has gifted such a person for singleness without burning.

Paul points out some of the problems that marriage can bring in a world where Christians are to live for the Lord under pressure of persecution. This emphasizes again that, if singleness is the gift that God has given, it has definite advantages in these circumstances. Even those who are married should live sacrificially for God, not denying conjugal rights and the normality of a married life, but stewarding their time and their relationship sacrificially for the sake of the gospel and for the glory of God. [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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